Cllr Sharkey said, “Louth County Hospital is part of the RCSI group within the HSE. Mr Bill Maher was appointed the CEO of the group some months ago. After the death of 48 year old Mr Raymond Hearty, his family questioned why the ambulance had to bypass Louth County Hospital to take Raymond to The Lourdes Hospital. They asked the same question that is on the lips of everybody in Dundalk.
“Raymond’s funeral heard a heartfelt appeal for services to be returned to Dundalk. I have contacted Bill Maher and asked for this case to be investigated. I want to establish the risk to life in having no A&E in Dundalk, the detrimental effects to patients who have to travel for longer to Drogheda and the logistics involved in re-instating services in Dundalk.
“The people of Dundalk campaigned and marched to oppose the closure of A&E, Intensive care and Acute Medical in Dundalk. We collected a petition of thousands of signatures. Numerous election candidates promised service re-instatement on their election. We were right to warn the HSE of the dire consequences of the closure of services.
“As a member of the HSE Regional Health Forum, I am committed to keeping the issue of services in Dundalk on the agenda and in the minds of HSE officials.”