A local TD says it's a contradiction of the government's Sláinte Care policy.
The HSE has rejected a request to set up a new primary care centre in the midlands.
The proposed facility was to be built on the rectory site in Birr.
Laois-Offaly TD Carol Nolan says the area is suffering from a shortage of healthcare services and the centre would help attract GPs to the area:
The independent deputy says it's a contradiction of the Sláinte Care policy: