Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has described information regarding the delivery of a Primary Care Centre (PCC) in Dundalk as ‘slow progress.’
Cllr Ó Murchú said;
“The issue of a PCC, with adequate floor space to accommodate community mental health services, has long been requested both by practitioners and by my colleagues Gerry Adams TD and Cllr Anne Campbell.
“Deputy Adams visited the local mental health service at Ladywell and he has written many times to the Health Minister on this issue. Responses indicate that the service will be delivered but there is no timeframe on its delivery. This is unacceptable.
“At The latest meeting of the Regional Health Forum my colleague Cllr Anne Campbell again requested an update.
“The HSE stated that it has received and reviewed Expressions of Interest for the provision of the Primary Care Centre accommodation.
“ It has further been confirmed that a preferred provider and site has been selected and the HSE’s Property Review Group and has approved both.
“The project will then need to go through the planning process so delivery is still many months away at best.
“Citizens in Dundalk deserve to have a Primary Care Centre with a full range of healthcare services on their doorstep and I am going to continue campaigning on this issue until it becomes a reality.