Leinster Express Quotes of the Week

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.
maternity service

maternity service

“The Portlaoise Hospital Maternity Service cannot be regarded as safe and sustainable within its current governance arrangements as it lacks many of the important criteria required to deliver, on a stand alone basis, a safe and sustainable maternity service”.

“Families were treated in a poor and, at times, appalling manner with limited respect, kindess, courtesy and consideration.”

“There were even accounts of senior clinical staff (more than one) inviting families to ‘sue’”.

Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer in his report on Portlaoise Hospital


“the staff at Portlaoise hospital apologise unreservedly to all families who experienced care below the expected standard at the maternity services in Portlaoise hospital over the past number of years. For those families who suffered loss as a result of care failings, the hospital expresses its deepest regret and sympathy,

Dr John Connaughton,

Clinical Director, Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise