SIPTU members in the north-east have called on the Health Service Executive (HSE) to re-think its proposal to cut a further €800,000 from the budget for elderly services in Co. Meath. According to SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley, the proposed cut comes on the back of an overcrowding crisis within the emergency departments of local hospitals, including Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda and Our Lady's Hospital, Navan.“The overcrowding within local hospitals directly relates to a lack of beds within the north-east community services.  The concern of our members in the health service is that further cuts can only deepen the A&E crisis,” he said. “We are calling on the regional management of the HSE to refrain from implementing these cuts particularly where there is a need for additional beds within the community sector to deal with the overcrowding crisis in the emergency departments of the main hospitals in the region.”