Weldon calls for fully functioning hospital in Dundalk and investment in Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda
People Before Profit’s Garrett Weldon might not have been successful in last week’s General Election but that doesn’t mean he has given up his campaign for better local services.
The Louth Village man, who claimed 3,462 first preference votes last weekend, has released a statement calling on the people of the constituency to come together to demand a fully functioning hospital in Dundalk and investment in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
The 44-year-old said that if, as anticipated, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil come together to form a Government then once again the county would have three Government TDs, who must be held to account on the quality of the health service locally.
He said: “If it ends up a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael government that takes power, a scenario that seems very likely at the moment, we will once again have three TDs in County Louth as part of a Government.
“That is the same as the last sitting government yet the chaos continued in our local health service with no TD going out of their way to fight our corner.
“Ok we got a few extra clinics in Dundalk and a small amount of investment in Drogheda but what help is that to a person let’s say in north Louth that takes a heart attack?
“An eye clinic at the Louth Hospital isn’t much addition to them. They will wait on an ambulance then drive past a hospital to travel to Drogheda. With waiting time and travel time that’s the golden hour gone – the hour that is most important for a patient to receive treatment after a trauma or heart incident.”
Weldon also described the number of patients on trolleys in our hospitals as “unacceptable”.
“Last year in the Irish Republic about 80,000 patients spent a night on a trolley, which is completely unacceptable. In years to come I can see a tribunal of inquiry that looks back at how it was that this was allowed to happen and that this was allowed to continue without anyone saying stop.
“We need to say hold on here, people have died due to this government incompetence and complete and utter madness.
“We have so called educated people running our country and that is what baffles me, that they can’t see what’s going on or they don’t want to see what’s happening.”
He said a free universal healthcare was the only way forward for the country’s health service.
“The only way forward here is the set up of a national health service free to everyone at access and right through treatment with no fear of bills or debt.
“We are one of the highest taxed countries in Europe with the worst health service.
“There are many ways to fund this such as the Robin Hood tax, the financial transaction trading tax, and claiming back taxes owed to us by large corporations.
“We can find millions to upgrade parking meters, pave streets with fancy paving stones, hand over millions to retired politicians and that’s without looking at the banks that we bailed out – what have they given back? They are back in profit and handing out bonuses to their high flyers.
“As a community in Louth and East Meath we need to come together under one banner no matter what your political, social or economic background is and demand a health service we deserve and can rely on. We need to stop talking about this issue and start demanding it is solved,” he said.