Consultants support move to downgrade Portlaoise

Consultants support move to downgrade Portlaoise
According to one consultant, the days of Portlaoise Hospital treating patients with life-threatening conditions are finished Picture: Collins

The decision to downgrade services at Portlaoise Hospital may be sensible, but there are serious concerns about how services will be affected

News that Portlaoise is set to lose services has elicited the usual media storm and parish pump politics. Meetings are already scheduled to take place in towns across the areas affected. The hospital serves a catchment area that spans five counties. Protests are inevitable.

The impending downgrading of the emergency department has received reams of local and national media coverage, but few have mentioned the fact that those at the coalface – namely, consultants in...

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