Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (262)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

262. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the primary care centre projects announced on 17 July 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41327/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The delivery of primary care infrastructure is a dynamic process and must take account of changing circumstances including the feasibility of implementing the delivery of the centres by means of lease, direct- build or PPP. The Health Service Executive (HSE) is working with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) to progress Primary Care Centre Public Private Partnership. The HSE has appointed design teams and technical advisors for the project. The HSE & NDFA have completed an indicative Public Sector Benchmark (PSB) which was presented to the Project Board for consideration of affordability in early September.

The NDFA as a centre of expertise will be responsible for the delivery of the Primary Care PPP programme on behalf of the HSE, including the management of the procurement phase and the provision of financial advice including a Value for Money assessment. It has been reviewing the processes involved in procurement of PPP projects with a view to streamlining the process and delivering projects more quickly. 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.