‘Staff deserve better than this’

“Louth County Hospital was unfortunately used as a guinea pig by Mary Harney to experiment with cutbacks,” according to Sinn Fein Cllr Tomas Sharkey.

“Louth County Hospital was unfortunately used as a guinea pig by Mary Harney to experiment with cutbacks,” according to Sinn Fein Cllr Tomas Sharkey.

Cllr Sharkey said this week that unfortunately the Louth is now being used as a template to cut services in Mallow, Roscommon, Ennis and other hospitals.

“The staff in our hospital deserve better,” he said.

“Louth County Hospital has 278 jobs, had 427 in-patients last year and treated 8,065 day case patients last year.

“It is safe and efficient and deserves better than this report entails.

“The community in north Louth and south Monaghan deserve A&E, ICU and acute medical services which we had up until recently.”

Councillor Sharkey and others will be meeting HSE management this week to discuss the document.

A day surgery patient who develops a complication will be placed in an ambulance and taken to the Lourdes Hospital.

“In relation to day services, the report does give a long list of services on page 11 that ‘are appropriate based on local need and capacity’.”

He said a huge amount of these services are already in place in Louth County Hospital but the HSE has a get out clause that there is a local need and capacity for them.

“We have seen antenatal clinics pulled from Louth County Hospital based on a decision that expectant mothers should be seen in Drogheda where the consultant obstetrics and gynaecology sessions take place.

“In a nutshell, the list of day services is conditional to staffing, services, clinical decisions and numbers,” Cllr Sharkey said.