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Health Minister Coming Under More Fire Over Future Of Portlaoise Hospital

He says a cloud of doubt is hanging over the hospital and having a knock-on effect.

The Health Minister is coming under fire again for not offering any certainty on the future of Portlaoise hospital.

Laois TD Seán Fleming says a report, which recommends closing the emergency, maternity and paediatric departments at the Midlands Regional Hospital, has been sitting on Minister Simon Harris' desk since 2017.

The Fianna Fáil TD is formally inviting the Minister to visit before Christmas, to see for himself how vital the facilities are.

Deputy Fleming says a cloud of doubt is hanging over the hospital and having a knock-on effect:

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