Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (215)

Paudie Coffey

Question:

215. Deputy Paudie Coffey asked the Minister for Health the progress that has been made to date in respect of the promised two primary care centres for County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45053/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is working with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) to progress Primary Care Centre Public Private Partnership. 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.

The HSE and NDFA have completed an indicative Public Sector Benchmark (PSB) for the overall project which was presented to the Project Board in early September. Considerable work on the project has been completed by the HSE and its appointed design teams and technical advisors. The HSE is in the process of lodging planning applications, details of which will be available on the Waterford County Council planning website.

Question No. 216 lapsed.