The senior doctor leading the reconfiguration of acute hospital services in the HSE South East has resigned from his post.

The HSE said it was with regret that consultant, Dr Colm Quigley had stepped down as the clinical leader for the reforms.

Dr Quigley will continue in his role as clinical director of Wexford General Hospital.

Dr Quigley told RTÉ News that the reforms were a complex process and it was important to ensure equality of access to care for patients.

He said he was remaining on the reconfiguration steering group.

In a statement, the HSE said it wanted to reassure the public and public representatives that each of the four acute general hospitals in the south east will continue to have a meaningful role.

The HSE added that no decisions had been made by the steering group on any proposal regarding the future of Wexford General Hospital, South Tipperary General Hospital, St Luke's General Hospital Kilkenny and Waterford Regional Hospital.