Dublin Mid-West’s TD has welcomed progress on the proposed primary health care centre, following the matter being raised in the Dáil recently. Deputy Emer Higgins raised the matter along with her constituency colleagues and asked that the delay in transferring the proposed lands for the centre to the Department of Health be addressed as soon as possible to allow development of the primary healthcare centre to begin.
Deputy Higgins said: “This centre has been on the plans for years, and the local community are desperate to see it delivered however there have been frustrating delays with having the land appropriately transferred. “I raised the delay in transferring lands in Collinstown Community College, from the Department of Education to the Department of Health recently and was informed that the details of this proposal are currently being finalised by the Department of Education which I welcome.
“This centre will offer speech and language therapy, occupational and physiotherapy therapy, a dental clinic, a paediatrics suite, GP suites and a mental health suite which are services that our community really needs but having no location puts obstacles in the way of hiring and assigning health care professionals to this area. “So the sooner the transfer of land happens between the two departments the sooner we will see these much needed services being delivered. “I was glad to be able to raise this matter in the Dáil and I welcome the Minister’s acknowledgement of how important an issue this is for the people of Dublin Mid-West and Clondalkin.
“This Primary Care Centre will play an important role in delivering essential health services and we need the land transferred as soon as possible, so that building can begin and we can start working on delivering more primary care services to the community. “It was great to have the opportunity to discuss this with the Minister and I welcome her commitment to progressing the issue as soon as possible,” concluded Deputy Higgins.