Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (142)

Barry Cowen


142. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health if the primary care centres bundle public private project has been completed; the centres within the bundle that have been completed; the centres not completed to date; the cost of the entire bundle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38052/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme has delivered a bundle 14 Primary Care Centres (PCCs) at various locations across the country. All PCCs in the bundle have been completed and are now operational.

This Primary Care Centre project is being delivered as a design, build, finance, and operate model (DBFOM). The PPP Company is responsible for the design and build of the 14 PCCs (now completed) and is responsible for providing services, which include facilities management services, for the 25 year contract period during which the HSE will pay the consortium a total annual unitary charge payment of circa €17m per annum, in monthly instalments. At the end of this 25 year period the centres will be handed over to the HSE who will be responsible directly for the facility management services provided previously by PPP company.

The costs for the construction phase of the project are estimated at €140 million. Up to half the construction cost is funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's strategic infrastructure bank and funds both public and private sector projects that meet the key criteria of delivering a positive social impact. The other two funders are commercial lenders - the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFG (BTMU) and Talanx Asset Management.