Work on primary care centre to start
Deputy Brady wants services to be clarified
Work on the new Primary Care Centre for Bray is due to start next month.
Speaking last Wednesday, Deputy John Brady said that work on the building is expected to start in June.
However, he said it is imperative that the building is fully resourced.
'What we don't need is just to get new building. Additional resources, services along with staff need to be allocated if the Government is serious about delivering primary health.
'I welcome plans to start construction on the new Primary Care Centre on the Killarney Road in June. This has been a long time coming and is long overdue. Work is ongoing on the temporary relocation of existing services from the Killarney Road site.
'The Bray Old Folks Association has already relocated to alternative premises. Fit out works are currently under way in the existing HSE Health Centre to facilitate the relocation of additional services to the Health Centre and are due to be completed in May. I'm further informed that the addiction services will locate to the Civic Centre in late May and that construction works for the new Primary Care Centre will commence once the site is vacant and its anticipated that will be late May/early June.
Deputy Brady hopes that the new centre will offer a full range of services and that a situation will not arise similar to Carnew, where 'no new or additional services have been provided', despite the centre being open for more than a year.
'Having nice, new buildings will mean nothing unless the additional staff, services and resources follow and the Minister for Health needs to ensure that is the case,' he said.
Construction of the centre is expected to take up to 18 months. Once complete, Bray Old Folks Association, addiction services and mental health services are expected to move in but Deputy Brady is seeking clarification on what other services will be offered.
'I'm calling on the Minister to outline clearly what additional services and resources will be delivered for the people in North Wicklow when the new centre is opened,' he said.