No scans to be provided in Balbriggan Primary Care Centre – O’Reilly
Sinn Féin TD and Health Spokesperson for Health Louise O’Reilly has said that the decision by the HSE not to provide scanning facilities in the new Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan needs to be reconsidered in light of the fact that Fingal has the fastest growing population and the need to take pressure off the acute hospital services.
The Dublin Fingal Deputy said:
“The decision by the HSE not to provide scanning facilities in the new Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan needs to be reconsidered.
“Earlier this year, the census figures showed that Fingal is the fastest growing county in the country, with an 8.1% growth since the 2011 census. We are seeing population increases which demonstrate the need for concurrent investment in our public services, which means ensuring that there is adequate capacity in our health services.
“With acute hospitals experiencing such pressures as we are witnessing currently, and with new primary care centres being built right across the state, it makes sense that the Government and the HSE put services, staff and equipment in our new primary care centres to ensure delivery of care as close to the person as possible, with minimal waiting times.
“When the new primary care centre was announced for Balbriggan, it was expected that we would see additional services and staff but this does not seem to be the case. In a parliamentary question response to me, the HSE advised that no scans will be offered here. Considering that there is no acute hospital in the North County area, this is worrying.
“While scanning in general is not provided in primary care centres, I believe that we should be moving to provide these services given the significant demographic and service pressures our health system is currently experiencing.
“With the Balbriggan primary care centre due to open next year, I will be continuing to put pressure on the Minister for Health and the HSE to ensure that the people of Balbriggan and Dublin Fingal have access to well-resourced services, and that means making sure this centre is fully operational with staff, services and equipment.”