Report Recommending Downsizing Of Portlaoise Hospital Is "In The Shredder"

The Hospital Action Commitee has been meeting with local politicians.

The Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee says the report which recommended the downsizing of A&E services at the facility is "in the shredder". 

Chairman of the committee, Tommy Timmons received assurances of this from Laois Fine Gael TD and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan during a meeting in December.

Health Minister Simon Harris was due to visit the hospital this week - but that has been put on hold due to the flu epidemic across the country. 

Mr. Timmons says committee members have to take the Justice Minister at his word:

Recruitment and retention of staff remains a major issue facing Portlaoise Hospital. 

Mr. Timmons says the decision not to downgrade A&E operations will make jobs more desirable to potential recruits. 

In a statement, Justice Minister and Laois TD Charlie Flanagan is highlighting an increase of 44% in the budget of the facility to €65 million since 2012. 

The Committee chair says there needs to be more diversity in how this money is spent:

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