Hospital services re-organisation

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As the campaign re-emerges to shield South Tipperary General Hospital from any possible downgrading of services, the Health Minister has said no acute hospitals will close from the new grouping of the hospital system.

It emerged recently that among proposals to reorganise hospital services in the south east, is the closure of one of four maternity units in the region.

Speaking about the reorganisation process in general, Minister Reilly said today that a report which is being drawn up will be brought to cabinet soon.

He added that the advantages of grouping hospitals are many and that such a process would ensure that the Department of Health would find it easier to secure and provide doctors for hospitals where it was previously found to be more difficult.

He went on to say that it will also result in more services delivered locally.