Senator Rose Conway-Walsh questions Minister on Primary Care Centre for Mayo
Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh is deeply concerned at the lack of clarity from a Government Minister regarding the construction and staffing of the urgently needed Primary Care Centre in Bangor Erris.
Speaking in the Seanad where she questioned Minister of State Jim Daly about the status of the proposed centre, the Mayo senator said:
"In light of the overspend at the National Children’s Hospital and the ongoing speculation as to which capital projects will be delayed or scrapped, I sought specific assurances about the Bangor Erris facility.
"I asked if delivery could be guaranteed in 2019 or 2020. Minister Daly could not give this assurance.
"I have now asked that the Minister for Health provide me with updates as to the status of the project. There is great concern already in the area around retaining doctors who already serve large geographical areas.
"A Primary Care Centre located in Bangor Erris would ensure stable and adequate staffing by doctors and other medical staff.
"I pressed this point with Minister Daly that like other Primary Care Centres, we do not want infrastructure alone. Equipment and staff must come as part of any proposed development.
"All I was received today was non-committal acceptance that a centre is needed. This was established 20 years ago.
"The people of Erris deserve more than this. There is no point in closing the door after the horse has bolted."