Major medical bodies support plans to close the emergency department and stop complex care at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, the College of Anaesthetists and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said they believed complex care should cease at the hospital.
The decision by these bodies to back the secret plan for Portlaoise is likely to infuriate local doctors who are fighting a rearguard action to retain at-risk services.
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