Protests arranged to mark 15th anniversary of Mid West emergency departments closing

Members of the Mid-West Hospitals campaign protesting outside St John's Hospital earlier this year.

A MASSIVE protest is being planned to mark the 15th anniversary of the closure of the emergency departments at St John’s, Ennis, and Nenagh hospitals.

On Saturday April 13, the Mid West Hospital Campaign is calling on everyone who is concerned about the ongoing overcrowding problems at University Hospital Limerick to take to the streets and walk or drive in convoy to protest and demand the reopening of the closed emergency departments (EDs).

In a statement on the the group’s Facebook page, campaign organisers said that “we need the support of the communities of Limerick, Clare, and North Tipperary to send a strong message to HSE Ireland Stephen Donnelly for Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin, Ireland Labour Party, (and) Green Party Ireland that we are not and will not be treated as second class citizens when it comes to emergency care in our health service”.

The group’s plan is for a convoy of cars, trucks, tractors, and vans to travel in convoy from Ennis and Nenagh, while others march at St John’s Hospital.

The group has said that further details for those interested in taking part in the demonstration will be released in the coming weeks.

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