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Sunday 19 November 2017

Just one of the primary care centres added to list by Reilly will go ahead

Health Minister James Reilly: accused of 'stroke politics'
Health Minister James Reilly: accused of 'stroke politics'
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

JUST one primary care centre added to a list of possible locations by Health Minister James Reilly in controversial circumstances last year is to go ahead.

The HSE has released details of 16 centres across the country to be funded under a €115m public private partnership, but most of the locations proposed by the embattled Health Minister are not included.

Last year, Dr Reilly added 15 locations to a list of centres to be developed under a government stimulus fund, including two in his own constituency in Swords and Balbriggan.

Their inclusion prompted junior minister in the Department of Health, Roisin Shortall, to resign in protest, claiming her senior minister had engaged in "stroke politics", which he denied.

Yesterday it emerged just one of the 15 centres proposed by Dr Reilly will go ahead – in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

The HSE is calling on companies to bid to design, build and finance between 10 and 14 centres, which are located in the HSE West (Ballymote, Boyle, Westport, Claremorris, Tuam, Limerick and Ballinrobe); HSE South (Dungarvan, Carrick-on-Suir, Wexford town and Waterford city); HSE Dublin/mid-Leinster (Kilcock, Knocklyon/ Rathfarnham, Crumlin/ Drimnagh) and HSE Dublin north-east (Coolock/Darndale and Summerhill).

The centres will cost €115m to deliver and will be built under one contract.

They will include accommodation for so-called 'Primary Care Team' services including GPs, with some also including dental services, community mental health services, child and adolescent mental health services, early intervention teams and doctor-on-call services.

Irish Independent

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