The Taoiseach is giving his thoughts on the matter.
Fine Gael has no plans to close the Emergency Department at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
Doubts emerged when a 2014 HSE report recommended closing the ED and ending surgical services.
However, the Taoiseach and Health Minister have both made assurances there are no intentions to implement that report.
Leo Varadkar doesn't believe it would make sense, considering the massive investment into neighbouring hospitals that would then be required: