CLLR Tomás Sharkey has campaigned tiredlessly for the retention of services at the Louth County Hospital.
It has been a battle against the odds for the councillor and all involved in the campaign.
Cllr Sharkey states in our reports this week that the health report on the future of small hospitals, just published by the minister, will do absolutely nothing to secure the futrue of the Louth County Hospital.
He states that Louth County Hospital campaigners and staff at the hospital have read the report closely over the last number of days.
They have found no mention in the report of A & E, acute medical, or the intensive care units being restored.
The same applies to the labaratory.
Also promises of reinstating a maternity ward or at least a midwife led unit are thrown to one side by this document.
Cllr Sharkey says there appears to be no change on what is currently in place at the Louth County Hospital.
Only minor surgeries that don’t need an overnight stay will be performed.
There will be no critical care back-up or suppor and no out of hours anesthesia cover. A day surgery patient who develops a complication will be placed in an ambulance and taken to the Lourdes Hospital.
In other words the list of day services is conditional to staffing, services, clinical decisions and numbers.