Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1794)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

1794. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the examination undertaken of the use of incentives to support investment by general practitioners, dentists and other professionals in primary care centres, technology and service developments. [34074/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I understand that my colleague the Minister for Finance will respond to you on the use of tax instruments to support investment by health professionals.

At this time, no other incentives are offered to health professionals to encourage investment in Primary Care Centres (PCCs).

Under the Primary Care Centre Infrastructure Programme, there are currently 127 centres operational throughout the country which is an indication of the very significant progress made so far. Furthermore, there is a pipeline of over 80 PCC projects that are under construction or development or are in the planning stage, with 21 of them expected to come on stream by the end of 2020. In addition, the HSE advertised nationally in May this year seeking Expressions of Interest from developers for the delivery of the next tranche of 47 PCCs.

The delivery of these centres in the years ahead will dovetail with other initiatives as part of the Sláintecare plan to ensure that more healthcare services will be available in the community.