Downgrading services in Portlaoise hospital may worsen the crisis in healthcare from the Dublin and also the midlands a large rally against removal of services by the Laois faclity has been told by consultant cardiologist.
Six marches has converged in Portlaoise where a big crowd gathered to protest the protest downgrade of their town’s hospital
The Portlaoise Hospital Action Group organised the Lighting for Lives Rally on Saturday, December 2 as part of a continuing effort to fight the HSE’s Dublin Midlands Hospital Group aim to get the Minister for Health Simon Harris green light the removal of, pregnancy, emergency, paediatrics, ICU and other agencies in the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise.
Similar to the anti-water charges effort it is proposed which individuals will descend onto a central location in Portlaoise in six directions. They marched along the Mountellick, Mountrath, Abbeyleix, Timahoe, Stradbally and Dublin roads arriving at Main Street at around 6pm.
Hospital adviser Dr Sean Fleming and GP Dr Michelle Byrne set out the clinical situation for retention and update of services in the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
“We’ve observed lately that a draft of a plan for downgrade of providers at MRH Portlaoise leaked to the national media. We reject this draft program, the way it’s been released along with the way it was put together.
“This procedure has produced a draft plan that we refuse because we fear it’s if employed worsen access to serious healthcare. A crisis is of capacity at MRH Portlaoise. This crisis isn’t specific to Portlaoise.
“We always see massive quantities of people waiting on trolleys for admission in Tullamore, Naas and Tallaght hospitals. The issue isn’t that there’s too much health from the Midlands, the issue is that there’s too small,” explained Dr Fleming.
The meeting was aldso addressed from the three Laois TDs Minster Charlie Flanagan, Sean Fleming and Brian Stanley.
Action Committee chairman Thomas Timmons, secretary John Hanniffy and member Austin Stack were among the speakers.
An automobile crash victim who thinks her life has been saved by personnel in Portlaoise hospital talked contrary to its downgrade.