Varadkar - ‘hospital
safest in years’

Minister for Health, Leo Veradkar speaking at Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photo Denis Byrne.
Portlaoise hospital’s maternity service is as safe as its been in years, but there is no guarantee that the unit will survive in the long term according to Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar.

Portlaoise hospital’s maternity service is as safe as its been in years, but there is no guarantee that the unit will survive in the long term according to Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar.

Speaking to the Leinster Express after visiting Portlaoise last Wednesday, he said he hoped the community had confidence in the hospital.

“Because of the changes that have been made over the past year or so this hospital is probably safer than at any time in the past ten years,” he said.

However, he could not guarantee the future of what services would be kept .“What I can assure people, and this doesn’t just apply to Portlaoise, it applies to special services all over the country, decisions that are made about reorganising services are made in the interest of patient safety and outcomes - not to save money and not on financial grounds. If anything reconfiguration is going to cost us money,” he said.

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