the Chairman of Abbeyleix and District Hospital Action committee is urging the people of Laois to sent a clear message to the HSE next week.
Brian Maher is calling on everyone in the county and beyond to join the monster protest march planned for next Sunday April 29 at 2pm, which is expected to bring more than 10,000 people to the streets of Abbeyleix.
“We ask you to come to Abbeyleix on April 29 to show your support for Abbeyleix Hospital and help secure its future,” he said.
Flyers proclaiming “Enough is enough” have gone up around the county to build support for the march, which will also serve to tell families about the long-awaited consultation process planned by the Health Service Executive, set to begin shortly.
It is almost a year and a half since the HSE wrote to the patients’ next of kin saying they were considering closing Abbeyleix and transferring patients to an alternative home. Since that time patients and their families have been waiting for consultations, now set to take place over 12 weeks.
“We want to inform you how you can contribute to the Health Service Executive’s proposed Consultation Process. It is also an opportunity for the people of Laois to give a clear message that we as a community are united in our aim,” said the chairperson.
“Due to a 20% increase in the population of Laois between 2006 and 2011 it is essential that Abbeyleix Hospital is retained to ensure the continuation of adequate public elderly health service provision into the future,” said Mr Maher.