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Orderly reconfiguration pledged by Minister

01 Jul 2016

Consideration will be given as to what services should be provided in Portlaoise Hospital and what services could be provided elsewhere, prior to any decision on the hospital’s future, the Minister for Health has said, following a draft Dublin Midlands Hospital Group plan for clinical service delivery at Portlaoise.

Any plans for service reconfiguration would be undertaken in a planned and orderly manner and would take account of current use of services, Minister Simon Harris said.

An additional 65 posts had been filled at Portlaoise since 2014, comprising 17 medical posts, 10 nursing posts, five allied health professionals, 24 patient and client care staff and nine administrative staff, Fianna Fáil Deputy Sean Fleming was informed by the Minister in the Dáil.

“There are still conversations that need to be had at a clinical level in terms of what services can be provided and in what hospital within the hospital group. That work is ongoing,” added Harris.

He said “no decision” had been made on Portlaoise and Department of Health officials had been liaising with the HSE on “the significant body of work that needs to be done in relation to a draft report that has been drawn up by the HSE”.

Any decisions taken would have to be based on clinical evidence and decisions about the provision of health services should be made by clinicians, the Minister stressed.

Gary Culliton

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times