Hospital hit by €3m cutback

The hospital in Portlaoise.

The hospital in Portlaoise.

In a week when Portlaoise hospital is embroiled in national controversy, it has emerged that more than nearly €3 million will be cut from its budget

It has emerged that management at the Midland Regional Hospital on Portlaoise’s Dublin Road will have €2.8 million less to spend in 2014. The facility had a budget of €47.2 last year.

Brian Stanley, TD, said there would be a further “reduction in patient care standards” as a result.

Senator John Whelan said the maternity unit was already stretched with a ratio of 1 midwife to every 70 births. He said midwives should not a ‘scapegoat’.

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan said he would meet the Minister for Health James Reilly to address staffing at the hospital.

In 2006 all 32 midwives wrote to the Minister Mary Harney warning that a mother or baby would die if staffing levels were not imporved.




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