Dáil Éireann - Volume 648 - 26 February, 2008
Written Answers. - Health Services.
Deputy Dinny McGinley Deputy Dinny McGinley
Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for Health and Children if there are plans  to extend and develop a health centre (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7606/08]
Deputy Bobby Aylward Deputy Bobby Aylward
Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will approve the application forwarded by the Health Service Executive south to her Department for funding for a primary healthcare unit which would cater for the people of south Kilkenny and Waterford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8001/08]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
Deputy Mary Harney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 201 together.
The Primary Care Strategy aims to increase health service capacity through the development of services in the community to give people direct access to integrated multi-disciplinary teams of general practitioners, nurses, home helps, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and others.
It has been estimated that up to 95% of people’s health and social services needs can be properly met within a primary care setting and the establishment of new Primary Care Teams can contribute greatly to enhancing community based health services. The provision of the appropriate infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of primary care services is being considered by the HSE, having regard to a number of factors. These include the type and configuration of the services involved, the mixed public/private nature of our health system, the suitability of existing infrastructure and the capital requirements of the health services generally over the coming years. I understand that in December 2007 the HSE sought expressions of interest from the private sector for the provision of the Primary Care Team infrastructure, with the HSE proposing to enter into fixed term leases with such providers.
As the Health Service Executive has the operational and funding responsibility for Primary Care services, it is the appropriate body to consider the particular matters raised by the Deputies. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have these matters investigated and to have replies issued directly to the Deputies.
Dáil Éireann 648 Written Answers. Health Services.