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Written Answers - Health Services

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 265.  Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the position regarding the roll out of primary care centres; the address of the primary care centres on the north side of Dublin; his plans to open new primary care centres on the north side of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3060/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly The delivery of health services is a service matter. Therefore your question on the roll out and addresses of primary care centres on the northside of Dublin has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

At the request of my Department, the HSE is carrying out an assessment of current Primary Care Centre provision which is at an advanced stage and will be submitted to my Department shortly. Following the publication of the ‘Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012-2016: Medium Term Exchequer Framework’, the Health Service Executive commenced drawing up its capital programme for the multi-annual period 2012-2016. The Executive is required to prioritise the capital infrastructure projects within its overall capital funding allocation taking into account the existing capital commitments and costs to completion over the period. A draft capital plan for the period 2012-2016 has been submitted to my Department. My Department is reviewing the proposals and following up with the HSE where further details may be required.

The proposed plan requires my approval with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Details of the plan will be published by the Executive following its approval.

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