THE Dundalk Democrat has had it confirmed that a primary care unit has received a a ‘green light’ in Dundalk, despite specualtion that the project was not getting the go ahead.
Speaking to the paper Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick, who has been working behind the scenes on the project, has confirmed that a site in near to the Town Centre has been given the go ahead. “Dundalk was identified by the HSE back in 2007/2008 as a priority location for further Primary Care infrastructure.
“There was an existing new purpose built primary care unit care centre located at the former railway building beside the county council offices.
“But the HSE decided that Dundalk still needed another one. Following public advertising at the time, discussions took place with a number of parties in relation to another of location in Dundalk. None of which came to fruition, mainly due to funding or location and other issues.
“The HSE have told me that following the receipt of a new submission last year, negoiations have taken place.”
The new Primary Care unit will be a lease hold acquisition and it would be located at a pre-existing building near the town centre.
“The lease will be executed between the two parties, one being the HSE, before the end of the year.”
The reason that Dundalk was not on a list 35 sites is because it being set-up under a leasehold acquistion.
“It will be signed by the end of the year. There are negotiations ongoing with GPs and other stakeholders and these are at an advanced stage,” confirmed Deputy Fitzpatrick.
“It’s a prime site and it’s a good site near the centre of Dundalk. This is good news for Dundalk. Despite all the criticism at the moment the HSE is doing good work, and sometimes they deserve a slap on the back.”
This will be the second Primary Care centre, with Dundalk being identified as a town that deserved another care centre.
Speaking to the Democrat Cllr Mark Dearey said: “I’d like to welcome the news that a new primary care centre has been confirmed. It’s great news for Dundalk.”
County Councillor Tomas Sharkey was more circumspect about the situation: “You would hope that as they lose a speech and language therapist in the stroke unit in the County Hospital, that they would properly staff any new primary care centre.”