The HSE have confirmed that they are examining the possibility of South Tipperary General Hospital aligning with the University of Limerick Group.
In a statement to WLR News, the HSE said:
“In the light of the challenges faced by South Tipperary General Hospital particularly during winter months, they are now examining whether acute hospital services in South Tipperary area are aligned and supported in the current model of delivery.”
Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane says a realignment would be a disaster for University Hospital Waterford.
David Cullinane says if this happens it will mean three of the four hospitals in the old South Eastern Hospital Group will no longer be aligned to Waterford leaving UHW isolated.
It also comes at a time that the South East region is battling for enhanced cardiology services.
David Cullinane says the entire reconfiguration process where Waterford is aligned with Cork and Kerry has been a set back for UHW.