Government Stimulus Package

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health, has welcomed the announcement today (17th July 2012) that primary care facilities will be developed at twenty locations across the country using the public private partnership mechanism. “Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the delivery of health care in the primary care setting” the Minister said. “The primary care infrastructure model offers a good fit for public private partnership financing. The Programme for Government states that expenditure on health infrastructure will be a priority. This new stimulus package will underpin progress to date and provide a much needed jobs boost. This PPP initiative will complement and build on the processes HSE has already in place in its capital programme.”

The Minister added that “International research shows that shared premises are a key enabler for successful team working in the primary care setting. Shared premises encourage and facilitate interaction across all health care professionals which is why the Government is committed to further developing the network of new Primary Care Centres.”

The Programme for Government sets out the commitment to ensuring a better and more efficient health system, a single-tier health service that will deliver equal access to health care based on need not income. The key objective of the Primary Care Strategy is to develop services in the community which will give people direct access to integrated multi-disciplinary teams of general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health care disciplines. In a developed primary care system, up to 95 per cent of people’s day-to-day health and social care needs can be met in the primary care setting. These enable multi-disciplinary services to be delivered on a single site, provide a single point of access for users, and encourage closer coordination between health providers.

Primary care infrastructure development, through a combination of public and private investment, will facilitate the delivery of multi-disciplinary primary health care and represents a tangible re-focussing of the health service to deliver care in the most appropriate and lowest cost setting. The Exchequer will continue to fund the delivery of Primary Care Centres also.

Note for Editors

List of 35 locations of which 20 will be commissioned subject to agreement between the local GPs and the HSE on active local GP involvement in the centres. The twenty will be offered to the market in bundles of ten.

A further list of Primary Care developments will be announced in Quarter 4, 2012.