Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has said that the HSE’s lack of urgency in developing a Primary Care Centre in Rowlagh is contrary to the Government’s own commitment to deliver primary care services to alleviate blockages in the acute health system.
In information acquired by the Deputy through a Parliamentary Question this week, the Minister’s commitment to build a primary care centre in Rowlagh remains at a standstill.
Deputy Curran explained, “Despite regular pronouncements by various Ministers about the crucial role of primary health care, and the need to increase the capacity of a range of multi-disciplinary services in the community.
“As it stands no planning application has been submitted by the HSE for this centre, in spite of promises that they would submit an application in early 2016.
“The fact that there is such a critical need for this centre in Rowlagh and that there is also a suitable site available, makes it difficult to comprehend why no significant progress has been made in its development.
“The provision of primary care centres in the greater Dublin Mid-West area which has a population of over 100,000 has persisted in demonstrating an alarming lack of progress. The Government’s other promised developments in Clondalkin Village and Lucan have also not yet materialised.
“This distinct lack of progress is an indictment of the Government’s failure to follow through on its promise to develop sufficient primary care services to help ensure that those who do not need to be in acute care are removed from a hospital setting.
“We are continually promised investment to alleviate pressure on our hospitals, yet little urgency has been applied to follow through on the promised plans in Dublin Mid-West, “concluded Deputy Curran.