VIDEO: Hundreds attend protest in Navan against hospital overcrowding and ED crisis

Hundreds of people attended a rally outside Navan hospital today Saturday to protest against the ongoing overcrowding crisis in our hospitals and HSE plans to close the A&E Dept at Our Lady's.

Saturday's rally followed a similar protest last December against the HSE's controversial plans to implement a 24-hour Medical Assessment Unit to replace the emergency department in Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.

Today's protests in Navan and Drogheda were two of 17 taking place at hospitals across the country today over the overcrowding crisis in emergency departments.

Video: Seamus Farrelly.

Cathaoirleach of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Peadar Tóibín stated:

“People are incredibly angry and frustrated that the old and the sick have been treated horrendously. The experience of so many has been massively damaged by the lack of capacity in the ED system.”

“Much of this damage has been caused by the policy of closing EDs, beds and the lack of provision of doctors, nurses and consultants.

“We urge people to take a stand and send a message loud and clear that we will no longer tolerate this health disaster in our lives.”

More to follow plus see Tuesday's paper for more developments