HSE report confirms Reilly's care centre claim
An internal HSE progress report from last April on primary care centres -- obtained by the Irish Independent -- confirms that plans for a centre in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, were well advanced.
The report confirms part of the reason given by Health Minister James Reilly for adding the Balbriggan location to a list ranking the top 20 sites for the development of centres.
Its absence from this list meant that it could not benefit from funding under the new PPP scheme announced in July.
The list was drawn up by junior health minister Roisin Shortall, her officials and adviser Maev-Ann Wren.
The HSE's April report shows that a site purchase had been agreed for the Balbriggan centre and a planning application would be lodged by the end of October.
In July, Dr Reilly widened the criteria to introduce 15 new centres to Ms Shortall's list, including Balbriggan.