Yesterday's protest at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
Perhaps it was due to the lack of prior publicity but only about two dozen people gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital yesterday (Saturday, January 20) as part of a national campaign to highlight the ongoing A&E crisis in the country.
Speaking at the event Michael O'Dowd, spokesperson for the Drogheda Hospital Campaign said the figure of 123,000 people waiting on trolleys last year was a disgrace and was equivalent to the population of Louth.
“Most severely affected” , he said, “were the elderly who have adverse outcomes with prolonged stay on trolleys including confusion, early onset of muscle mass deterioration and incontinence.
“It's tragic that is allowed to continue while the state is awash with tax revenues” he said.
Also speaking at the protest were Sinn Fein Deputies Imelda Munster and Ruairí Ó Murchú.
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Michael O'Dowd also highlighted the fact that a petition had been drawn up to seek 'world class' A&E facilities for Drogheda given its growing population and said that to date some 400 people had signed it.
During the protest staff in an ambulance that was leaving the hospital rolled down the windows and the applauded the protesters who in turn applauded the medics.