Insurance is latest threat to 24/7 A&E

Leo Varadkar
Insurance cover is the latest threat to the 24-hour accident and emergency at Portlaoise Hospital.

Insurance cover is the latest threat to the 24-hour accident and emergency at Portlaoise Hospital.

In remarks to the Dáil, last week, the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar said they had to ensure that they could indemnify the Accident and Emergency unit.

“What if the State Claims Agency were to remove indemnification? Will we then ask patients to sign a waiver before they go in at night to say they will not sue if anything goes wrong,” he said.

The Minister is due to meet with a delegation of local public representatives in Leinster House, tomorrow evening (Wednesday).

The Laois Hospital Action Committee will hold a public meeting in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise this Friday night (June 19) at 8pm.

Chairperson of the committee, Kathleen O’Brien said she also hopes to attend the meeting on Wednesday evening.

“I have no official word yet, but I will be going,” she said on Monday afternoon.

“I don’t know what we’re going to say to the Minister but I’m hoping we can change his mind.”

The Action Committee chair is also hoping for a large attendance at the public meeting.

“We’ve got the word out there now so I’m hoping that everyone in Laois and the surrounding counties will support the hospital.”