Thursday, 3 February 2022
Department of Health
412. To ask the Minister for Health if he will he meet with a group (details supplied) given the enormous pressure put on the health service by the Covid-19 crisis and the fire in a mine which necessitated staff attending Navan Hospital; and if the necessary consultant resources will be provided to the accident and emergency department of the hospital in order to strengthen hospital services in County Meath. [5517/22]
In regard to meeting the particular group referenced by the Deputy, I can advise the him that am acutely aware that any proposed changes to health services can be a source of great anxiety and worry for communities affected, and I am determined that any changes to the service at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan must be done in consultation with the local community.
I have therefore instructed the HSE to pause in the planning of these changes in order to commence an engagement process on the plans, including with elected representatives on behalf of local people. The Deputy will be aware that this engagement is underway and I look forward to engaging with him in that regard.