Save Navan Hospital Campaign ask Mandate members for support
Tuesday 13 May 2014, 11pm
Mandate members in Meath are asked to support the Save Our A&E campaign in Navan this weekend (Saturday, 17th May)
As you know the A&E is the most important piece of Health infrastructure in county Meath. Tens of thousands of Meath people rely on its services every year. Indeed many people are alive and well today due to its services.
It is the HSE’s intention to close the A&E in Navan in the next 12 months. This is will be a serious blow to individuals, communities, businesses and sporting organisations in the area.
Lack of capacity at Drogheda Hospital is a national scandal. A couple of weeks ago 57 people languished on trolleys in Drogheda. So bad was the overcrowding that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation called for a disaster plan to be enacted and for the A&E effectively closed to new admissions.
Over the last 4 years the Save Navan Hospital Campaign have held numerous marches, public meeting and rallies. In 2010, 10,000 people took to the streets of Navan and in again in 2012 6,000 people went onto the streets in support of the hospital. As a result Our Lady’s Hospital Navan is the last A&E still fully functioning of the 9 hospitals on the HIQA hit list.
The Save Navan Hospital Campaign is a cross community and cross party campaign. It is made up of members of all political parties and members of none.
A spokesperson for the campaign said, “We were delighted to see that 10 days ago independent candidates and candidates of all the political parties signed a declaration in support of the campaigns objectives.
“We will be taking to the streets again as part of our campaign to keep our A&E open. On Saturday the 17th of May at 2pm we hope to mobilise thousands of people throughout the county to take to the streets,” they said.
Mandate played a significant role in supporting the two previous rallies. Members erected posters and delivered leaflets and also mobilise members before the rally and brought hundreds along on the day with flags and loud hailers.
The spokesperson said, “We in the Save Navan Hospital Campaign would greatly encourage Mandate to again take a lead role in support of this crucial community service.”