Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (630)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

630. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a progress update on each of the 35 primary care centres announced under the infrastructure stimulus package in July 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9610/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Of the 35 primary care centres announced under the infrastructure stimulus package in July 2012, 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.