Timeframe of 2020 for new Primary Care Centre in Dundalk deemed ‘unacceptable’
Local TD Gerry Adams has expressed his frustration that the long awaited Dundalk primary care centre is not expected to open until early 2020.
The Sinn Féin deputy received a response to a parliamentary question this week outlining that a preferred provider for the primary care centre had been identified by the HSE. They revealed that initial meetings had taken place to progress the design layout but revealed that a planning application was not due to be submitted until Q4 this year with works commencing subject to that in 2019 with an expected opening “early in 2020.”
Reacting to the timeframe, Adams said it was “unacceptable”.
He said: “There is a longstanding government promise of a primary care centre with mental health services for Dundalk. I have been campaigning for provision of these services for some time now.
“In Dundalk community based psychiatric services are practically non-existent, and delivered from Ladywell. They cannot provide Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, or Old Age Psychiatry services in this building.
“A new primary care centre is the solution to this.
“I have asked both the Taoiseach and the Minister of State for Mental Health to visit this 60 year old damp building to see how badly facilities are needed. They have not done this. They won’t do this.
“The HSE have told me that the developer intends to submit a planning application towards the end of 2018, and they expect services to open in 2020. This means people must continue to travel, to Ardee or Drogheda to access basic mental health services.
“It is not acceptable for people to just wait until 2020. The Minister must ensure an interim solution is put in place. I will continue to raise this issue with the government until people have access to necessary services.”