The HSE have strenuously denied directing health care workers to avoid visiting areas in Drogheda affected by the violent gang feud.
On Wednesday, Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said he was contacted by a family in an area affected by the ongoing criminal gang feud in the town. He was told a child in the family had a scheduled home visit deferred.
The Deputy says the reason for the deferral outlined to the family was an alleged ‘review of callouts to certain areas of the town at certain times.’
In response to an enquiry by LouthNow.ie, a HSE CH08 spokesperson said on Wednesday, ‘No such directive was issued by the HSE’.
O’Dowd said that be believes families and residences within certain Eircodes are being overlooked as a result of supposed dangers to HSE staff.
“I do not want any health care worker making journeys if they feel unsafe, however I believe the Gardai can and will give any required reassurances that the areas are safe to visit during normal working hours.”
He added: “The scheduling of home visits must be managed in such a way that families are not affected regardless of their Eircode. Families must come first and every effort must be made to accommodate them.”