Published: Thu, 26 May 2016
Seán Kelly MEP has welcomed the confirmation that two new Primary Care Centres are to be built in Co Waterford, thanks to financial support from the European Investment Bank.
“Waterford will benefit from two new Primary Care Centres, out of a total of 14 confirmed for Ireland under the EIB’s first support for healthcare investment in Ireland under a new €70 million, 27-year loan from the European Investment Bank.,” Mr Kelly said.
The other new Primary Care Centres are to be built in Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo and Galway, in Limerick, Tipperary and Wexford, as well as Kildare and Dublin.
They will provide basic health services including GP surgeries, occupational therapy, social work and dietary advice. In some locations additional services will also be provided, including mental health, dentistry and addiction services and a local ambulance base.
A total of 150 primary care centres are already operational or nearly operational across the country.
“This is good news for the people of Waterford and all those citizens across Ireland who will benefit from these centres. It also shows the concrete benefits of the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI),. EFSI was established a year ago by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission to enable increased lending by the European Investment Bank in strategic sectors such as renewable energy, digital infrastructure, social infrastructure, transport and R&D; as well as financing for SMEs.