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Primary Care Centre row is raised in Seanad

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 8:00am
Primary Care Centre row is raised in Seanad

Senator Ardagh raises the Drimnagh issue in the Seanad.

Primary Care Centre row is raised in Seanad

Senator Ardagh raises the Drimnagh issue in the Seanad.

THE Minister for Health has been asked to explain a decision to halt the development of a Primary Care Centre in Drimnagh.

Crumlin-based Senator and Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader, Catherine Ardagh, expressed her frustration as she raised the cancellation of the project during a debate in Seanad Éireann last week.

“Six years ago, the then Government committed to deliver primary care services to alleviate blockages in the acute health system,” she explained.

“These services, which are considered to be gold standard, would help ensure that those who do not need to be in acute care are removed from a hospital setting.

“It was confirmed in 2012 that a centre would be developed on Curlew Road in Drimnagh, which has a population of tens of thousands of people.

“In information received by Fianna Fáil in 2015, the Department confirmed that planning for the centre was not completed in the required timeframe for Public Private Partnership.

“Residents in Dublin 12 have been waiting for this project to proceed.

"Since my election to the Seanad, I have continually raised this delay. The entire Drimnagh community deserves the highest quality public services as much as any other area in the country.”

Senator Ardagh added: “Regrettably, I was informed this week that a letter has been circulated by the HSE’s Head of Services outlining our fear that the construction of Primary Care Centre in Drimnagh will not be going ahead.

“I have now called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to come before the Seanad and provide a thorough explanation of how a decision to cancel this project was reached.”

There was no comment from the Department of Health at time of going to press.

 

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