Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (726)

Derek Nolan

Question:

726. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Health the progress made in advancing potential primary care centres (details supplied) in County Galway having regard to agreements between the Health Service Executive and general practitioners for operation of same and further to particularise locations of each centre having regard to suitability and availability of sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8670/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Gort and Tuam, Co Galway are two of the 35 potential locations for primary care centres for development by way of PPP as announced in the July 2012 Infrastructure Stimulus Package. Of the 35, approximately 20 will be offered to the market subject to a) agreement between the local GPs and the HSE on active local GP involvement in the centres and b) site suitability and availability. The HSE is currently analysing the available sites in each location and engaging with the GPs in each location to determine their interest in participating in the primary care centre development. While it is not possible, at this time, to give start and completion dates for any of the individual 20 potential locations, the best estimate is that these primary care centres will be completed by late 2016.

Questions Nos. 727 to 729, inclusive, answered with Question No. 649.