Laois consultant and GPs warn councillors of the cost of downgrading Portlaoise hospital

“Tullamore gets €84 million a year, Naas gets €56m and Portlaoise gets €51.7m."

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Doctors seek the support of Laois County Councillors to prevent downgrade of the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise

Doctors met local politicians in Laois today to urge them to step up to the plate in the fight for the retention of services at Portlaoise's hospital.

Hospital consultant Dr Peter Fleming was joined by GP colleagues, Dr Michelle Byrne and Dr Gerry White in giving a presentation at the October council meeting of Laois County Council.

“Tullamore gets €84 million a year, Naas gets €56m and Portlaoise gets €51.7m. The very busy A&E doesn't match the funding,” he said.
On average, 12 people were left overnight on A&E trolleys in Portlaoise this year.

“There is nowhere else for people to go. The wait time for an ambulance in the midlands is particularly bad, the target was met in only 6 to 10 percent of cases,” Dr Fleming told Laois County Councillors.

The Minster for Health Simon Harris was presented with a plan earlier this year which recommended downgraded. Last month the chief executive of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group suggested the setting up of a new maternity unit in Tullamore to replace Portlaoise and other hospitals.

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