Hospital plan in critical condition

Minister for Health James Reilly's prescription for new hospital groups is proving hard to swallow, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
23rd December, 2012
Protesters in Waterford demonstrate against the downgrading of services at Waterford Hospital. Photo: Patrick Browne

In the new year, communities around the country will finally hear how their local hospital services will be organised under the Minister for Health's plans to create hospital groups. But with some hospitals set to lose certain services, can the government expect a repeat of the fall-out that dogged health minister James Reilly and the Taoiseach after the controversial closure of the emergency department in Roscommon?

Already, thousands of people have taken to the streets...

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