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Kehoe pleased as Harris gives green light for new primary care centre 05/06/16

| June 5, 2016

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Wexford, Minister Paul Kehoe has  welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, of the commencement order for a new primary care centre in Wexford Town.

“The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has confirmed to me that the European Investment Bank is to invest €70 million in 14 Primary Care Centres across Ireland, and I am delighted to say that one of them will be located in Wexford.

“This new Primary Care Centre, to be located on Grogans Road in Wexford will be a real boost for Wexford and the wider county. Local people will be able to access a wide range of services including GP, community nursing, dental, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, speech & language therapy, mental health, counselling, home help and nutrition.  It is envisaged that they will be open at least five days a week, with extra hours at weekends and evenings for some services.

“The reason the Government has been prioritising the delivery of primary care centres is so that people can access top quality health care close to home in their local community. This is more convenient for the patient and takes pressure off our hospitals.

“Minister Harris has said he wants to deliver primary care in every community in Ireland, a goal I fully support.

“With the economic recovery continuing apace, Fine Gael is determined to use the resulting economic resources to deliver better services to create the kind of fair and just society that will improve the lives of everyone.

“I will work closely with Minister Harris to ensure this new primary care centre for Wexford is delivered in a timely fashion and in a way that best serves local people. Start-up activites on all sites is expected from Monday 30th May.”

The European Investment Bank is joined in this enterprise by Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFG (BTMU) and Talanx, a German based insurance company, who are providing the balance of funding required. .  

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