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Taoiseach denies HSE plans to downgrade Portlaoise hospital

The Taoiseach has denied that there are plans to downgrade Portlaoise hospital.

Responding to a question by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin in the Dail this morning, Enda Kenny said that rumours that the HSE had drawn up detailed plans to change the status of the hospital were untrue.

Mr Kenny said it was a busy and important hospital in the midlands and that "there is no capacity in the system to reduce a hospital like this to level two, nor is there any intention of so doing".