Health chief: ‘Portlaoise patients at risk’ over inaction by minister

Dr Susan O’Reilly has warned that Portlaoise Hospital continues to have “irresolvable clinical risks”

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
5th November, 2017
Minister for Health Simon Harris PIc: RollingNews.ie

Minister for Health Simon Harris’s failure to engage and address safety concerns at Portlaoise Hospital is putting patients at risk, the hospital group chief and senior doctors in the health service have alleged.

In correspondence to the Department of Health, Dr Susan O’Reilly wrote: “My ability to retain the trust of my staff is being eroded by these delays.”

O’Reilly also hit out at the minister’s failure to engage...

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