Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has described the lack of urgency in developing a Primary Care Centre in Dublin Mid-West, as short sighted and contrary to the Government’s own commitment to deliver primary care services.
In information acquired by the Deputy through a Parliamentary Question this week, the Minister’s commitment to build a primary care centre remains at a standstill as its development is subject to planning permission being granted.
Speaking on the issue Deputy Curran said, “Primary Care Centres play an integral role in ensuring that those who do not need to be in acute care are removed from a hospital setting, by providing a range of multi-disciplinary services in the community.
“The Rowlagh/North Clondalkin centre is one of the 35 primary care centres announced under the infrastructure stimulus package in July 2012 with a planned completion date of late 2016.
“The facility in North Clondalkin which was previously guaranteed to be open by 2016 has now been stalled while the HSE awaits planning permission. There are currently no Primary Care Services in my own constituency which has a population of over 100,000 people and yet the only facility that was promised in the area remains at a stage that is nowhere near operational.
“The provision of primary care centres in the greater Clondalkin and Lucan areas has persisted in demonstrating an alarming lack of progress.
“There has been a radical decline in the rate of new centres being established since 2012. In 2012, 18 PCCs were opened, 9 in 2013, 7 in 2014, 5 in 2015 and 3 in 2016.
“In recent months Fianna Fáil learned that just one of the 36 primary care centres, which were promised by the last government some four years ago to improve community health services, has effectively been opened.
“This distinct lack of progress is an indictment of the Government’s failure to follow through on its promise to develop of sufficient primary care services. We are continually promised its delivery, yet little urgency has been applied to provide the service in Clondalkin.
“This is unacceptable and I intend on further raising the development of the North Clondalkin facility with the Minister as a matter of real urgency,” concluded Deputy Curran.