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Laois TD and Minister Charlie Flanagan expects the new Dublin Midlands hospital boss to 'scrap' the downgrade plan for Portlaoise hospital.
Minster Flanagan also believes the new chief Dublin Midlands Hospital Hospital Group has an understanding of regional hospital services.
Mr Trevor O'Callaghan was confirmed on Friday, January 26 as the new Chief Executive of the DMHG. He takes over from Dr Susan O'Reilly who was lead author of the reconfiguration plan for the hospital.
"I welcome the appointment of Trevor O'Callaghan. He comes from a strong regional hospital background in Mullingar. I expect him to scrap the ill advised plan," said Minister Flanagan.
As chief operations officer, Mr O'Callaghan was designated by his predecessor as the chairman of a steering committee that would see services withdrawn from Portlaoise hospital.
A&E, ICU, maternity, paediatrics and most surgery would all be removed under the 'the Development of an action plan for a new model of clinical service delivery in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group'. The controversial plan was leaked before Christmas.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has asked his Department to carry out a consultation process on Portlaoise before making a decision on its future and if he will adopt downgrade as policy.
More on Mr O'Callaghan's appointment here.