A review of emergency care in Portlaoise last year found that the hospital’s A&E was not sustainable.
This review was carried out more than a year before the Health Information and Quality Authority were called in to investigate Portlaoise hospital by the Minister for Health. In its report on the hospital Hiqa said a review found that the department was not “appropriately resourced to provide a 24-7 model of emergency care”.
“Furthermore, the HSE’s performance review in 2014 concluded that a 24-7 emergency care service at Portlaoise hospital was not clinically sustainable,” said the Hiqa report published last month.
It also warned about the safety of the A&E’s governance.