€140m PPP deal done for primary care centres
A consortium involving UK construction giant Balfour Beatty has been selected to develop 14 primary care centres across the country.
The State's first healthcare public-private partnership (PPP) project will provide primary care centres in locations from Wexford to Mayo.
The €140m scheme is part of the Government's €2.25bn Infrastructure Stimulus Programme, which was announced in 2012. Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said it was welcome news for the health sector and for the 14 areas where the centres would be based.
"It is particularly good news for the communities who will be able to access multi-disciplinary health care locally," he said.
The project will roll-out a network of primary care facilities integrating primary, community and continuing care and social services.
The PPP agreement encompasses the design, build, finance and maintenance of the primary care centres, along with facility management services.
The health care aspect will be managed by the Health Service Executive after the centres have been constructed.
The 14 locations include Ballymote, Boyle, Claremorris, Westport, Tuam, Ballinrobe, Limerick, Dungarvan, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford city (East), Wexford town, Kilcock, Summerhill and Coolock.
Construction is expected to get under way at the end of this year, with the first centres due to be opened by the end of next year and all by the end of 2017.
The scheme is also one of the first four European projects earmarked to receive funding through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), an initiative between the European Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Investment Bank established to stimulate growth and enhance European competitiveness.
The National Development Finance Agency - a wing of the State's debt management body, the National Treasury Management Agency - has been advising the Department of Health as part of the project.