Minister of State Joe McHugh TD has said that the development of 2 new primary care centres will benefit the health of the people of Donegal.
Minister McHugh was speaking after the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed it has approved a €70 million loan in principle to invest in the Public Private Partnership project for Primary Care Centres.
“This announcement of an EIB loan is really good news for the people of Donegal who set to benefit from the development of Primary Care Centres in Ballyshannon and Newtowncunningham/Lagan Valley PCT.
“The EIB funding represents up to 50% of the finance required to deliver primary care centres at 14 locations in Ireland and it is at a cheaper rate than would be otherwise available. This Government has always prioritised primary care as the future model of health provision in Ireland. It is far better to focus on health care in the community where possible, to alleviate pressure on our hospitals and ensure people get the best care close to home.
“Since March 2011, 44 Primary Care Centres have already opened through investment by the State either by direct build or by means of the operational lease mechanism. This is a rate of one primary care centre per month.
“Work is due to start on the centres around the country in 2016. All of the centres will house GP and community nursing teams and centres will offer extra services, including some or all of the following: Dental, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Social work, Speech & language, Home help, Mental health, Counselling, Nutrition.
“The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has noted that this EIB loan is a vote of confidence in the Government’s strategy to prioritise community health care in primary care centres. Following this announcement, Donegal people can further look forward to excellent health care in the local community setting.”