Ó Murchú says a primary care centre in Dundalk is needed now
Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú said a primary care centre in Dundalk is needed now.
The Sinn Féin representative has described information regarding the delivery of a Primary Care Centre in Dundalk as ‘slow progress.’
He said the facility was long overdue in the area and added that he and his colleagues would not be dropping it from their to-do list.
“The issue of a Primary Care Centre, 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,” said Cllr Ó Murchú.
“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,” he said.