CLLR Tomás Sharkey has said the health report on the future of small hospitals will do absolutely nothing to secure the futrue of the Louth County Hospital.
The report Securing The Future of Smaller Hospitals was published last week Health Minister James Reilly.
“Louth County Hospital campaigners and staff at the hospital have read the report closely over the last number of days,” Cllr Sharkey said.
“And we have found there is no mention of A & E, acute medical, or the intensive care unit coming back to Louth County Hospital.
“It seems that this report is rubber stamping the cuts implemented by Mary Harney and the last government.
“Indeed, there is no mention of the laboratory being reinstated at the Louth. The laboratory was closed under Minister James Reilly.
“Also promises of reinstating a maternity ward or at least a midwife led unit are thrown to one side by this document.
“The document proposes to rename the minor injuries unit as a local injuries unit.
“The list of injuries that it can and cannot treat remains more or less the same: a confusing list that no person suffering an injury will have the time to consult. The report does not commit the hospital to provide full X Ray department services during the opening hours of the local injuries unit, meaning that the recent cut to X Ray cover will probably remain.”
Cllr Sharkey says the report gives an account of the surgery that can be conducted in a Model 2 hospital like Louth County Hospital.
But there appears to be no change on what is currently in place. Only minor surgeries that don’t need an overnight stay will be performed.
“There will be no critical care back-up or support. There will be no out of hours anesthesia cover.