The downgrading of Loughlinstown A&E is turning into a disaster. People Before Profit campaigned against this downgrade and said it would create a crisis at St Vincent’s Hospital.
This has proved true. Over St Patrick’s weekend there were more people on trolleys in Vincent’s than in any other Hospital in the country.
Just as we campaigned against the sale of St Michael’s Hospital, we need a campaign of People Power to restore our A&E services at Loughlinstown.
The HSE is planning to close Loughlinstown Hospital’s 24hr Accident and Emergency Department in November of this year, and replace it with day-time minor injury service. This is part of the plan to cut A&E services at nine hospitals around the country. These cuts have already provoked major protests in Roscommon and Portlaoise.