1,000 people attend meeting amid speculation Portlaoise hospital will be downgraded

1,000 people attend meeting amid speculation Portlaoise hospital will be downgraded

More than 1,000 people attended a meeting yesterday amid speculation that the emergency department in Portlaoise Hospital may be downgraded.

A draft plan for the hospital has been submitted by the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

It is believed the plan outlines how the hospitals A&E will no longer operate 24 hours a day.

Fianna Fáil TD for Laois Sean Fleming says it would be a big blow for the area: “Portlaoise A&E department had about 40,000 people attending last year.

“It is the single busiest A&E department outside of the cities in Ireland.

“It makes no sense to curtail the service whatsoever.

“If you curtail it to a 9-5pm service you won’t have an A&E department for the busy maternity unit I have already spoken about at night-time or the very busy paediatric unit.”


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