IMPACT calls on government to clarify Portlaoise hospital plans

portlaoise-hospitalIMPACT trade union has called on health minister Simon Harris to clarify the Government’s position on the future of services at the Midlands Regional hospital in Portlaoise, following the publication of a proposed action plan for the hospital in a Sunday newspaper. The action plan, drawn up by the HSE’s Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, was submitted to the health minister last December.

IMPACT official Ashley Connolly said the union had been engaging with the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group since 2015, in an effort to clarify future plans for hospital users and staff. “The chief executive of the hospital group has written to staff this week to confirm that her action plan has been with the minister since December 2016, and to make the accurate point that it is for ministers to decide on policy. Staff and the communities they serve have been left in limbo for far too long, and it’s time that the Government grasped the nettle and published its plans for the hospital and health services in the region,” she said.