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Growing concerns that Portlaoise Hospital may be downgraded




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Up to 1,000 people attended a meeting yesterday, after rumors that Portlaoise Hospital may be downgraded began to emerge.

It is understood that a plan submitted by the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group specifies that Portlaoise’s A&E department will cease to operate on a 24 hours basis in the near future.

In response to the rumors, Laois TD Sean Fleming has said that “Portlaoise A & E department had about 40,000 people attending last year.

“It is the single busiest A&E department outside of the cities in Ireland.

“It makes no sense to curtail the service whatsoever.

“If you curtail it to a 9-5pm service you won’t have an A&E department for the busy maternity unit I have already spoken about at night-time or the very busy paediatric unit.”

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