TDs must 'wear the county jersey' on hospital issue

A+E services have to be saved, say councillors

TDs must 'wear the county jersey' on hospital issue
By Ryan Dunne @laoisnews

Our Laois representatives in Government must “wear their county jersey” and fight for the retention of services at the Midlands Hospital in Portlaoise.

That was the message that went out from County Hall, when Cllr Jerry Lodge called for “a clear unequivocal statement” from the political parties on the future of all hospitals in Laois, with particular emphasis on the A+E services in Portlaoise.

Cllr Lodge said that while the running of the country was still “in flux”, it was important to stress to those in charge the importance of Portlaoise having a whole area of medical services.

He praised a Waterford Deputy in the Dáil who had walked away from talks because the hospital in his area wasn’t being dealt with, and said that the local council had to keep the pressure on.

Cllr Lodge also asked what was the delay in the report on Portlaoise hospital.

“How long is a report? How long is a piece of string?” he asked.

Cllr Lodge said that the viewpoints of individual politicians can differ from their parties’, and asked that the council write to the three Laois Deputies, Charlie Flanagan, Sean Fleming and Brian Stanley.

Supporting the motion, Cllr Willie Aird said that “people have to wear their county jersey on something like this”.

He said an 88-year-old woman had recently had to wait 17 hours to be treated at the hospital, which was just not acceptable.