A&E services from Portlaoise may be diverted to Tallaght Hospital

Tallaght hospital’s car park may have to be used for trollies from its sister hospital in Portlaoise if the midlands hospital is downgraded under a proposal that would have national implications for patients.

This is according the Leinster Express newspaper who reported yesterday that a member of the Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee, Austin Stack, made the shocking claim in a report leaked to Laois TD Brian Stanley.

He said he was “utterly dismayed” at the plans to divert A&E services from Portlaoise.

“The HSE have a clear agenda to wind up our hospital which will lead to people dying. If the A&E is closed then maternity and paediatrics will quickly follow suit.

“This is a national issue and should not be seen a local one to the Midlands. The HSE want to send the 40,0000 A&E patients from Portlaoise to Tallaght which already has an overcrowded A&E.

“Are they going to put trollies in the carpark of Tallaght?

“When the maternity and paediatrics close, as they invariably will, this will also impact on Dublin Hospitals, St. James and The Coombe”.