Saturday 19 January 2019

Protest against 'downgrading of services' at Louth Hospital

A protest at the gates of Louth County Hospital last Friday
A protest at the gates of Louth County Hospital last Friday

A protest against the 'downgrading of essential services' once again took place at the gates of the Louth Hospital on Friday last.

Louth County Councillor Anne Campbell led the now monthly demonstration, saying 'we are here again this month to highlight the deliberate downgrading of essential services at Louth Hospital. I don't think there is one family in Dundalk that isn't affected by the crisis in the Health Service today and it really galls me to see this hospital operating here providing the scarcest of services.'

Louth Hospital currently has eight surgical beds which do routine procedures from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Cllr. Campbell called on the HSE to make the beds optimised and used 24hours a day.

'Optimising these beds would also help alleviate the pressure on Drogheda Hospital but more importantly it would start to target the spiralling waiting lists. There are currently 16,285 people on hospital waiting lists between Our Lady of Lourdes and Louth Hospital.'

'People of Dundalk and County Louth deserve better, they deserve to get the treatment they need rather than being treated as a statistic on a waiting list. This is people's lives and the sooner the Government wake up and realise that, the better.'

She pointed out 'despite promises from the Minister almost two years ago, the Minor Injuries Unit still do not accept minors for treatment.'

The Argus