Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Primary Care Centre will hugely benefit people of Kells

Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Regina Doherty, has today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation that a new Primary Care Centre is to be provided in Kells. The announcement was made as part of a multi-billion euro stimulus package unveiled by the Government, which also includes significant investment in roads and schools across the country.

“It will come as a great boost to the people of Kells that a new Primary Care Centre is to be provided in the town. The new centre will make a real difference to the way in which the people of Kells access health care services in the community. It will allow local people to get the care they need, close to their own home.

“Through the Health Committee, we have been working with the Minister for Health, James Reilly, on his reform plans for the health service. Developing the network of Primary Care Centres is a key commitment in the Programme for Government. It was also a central plank of Fine Gael’s health reform programme for the health service, which was developed in Opposition and is now being progressed by Minister Reilly in Government. 

“Primary Care Centres, like the new one to be provided in Kells, will be the first point of contact for people who need to access health services in the years ahead. In a developed Primary Care system, as envisaged by the Government, up to 95% of people’s day-to-day health and social care needs can be provided in a community setting. 

“The new centre will be a modern, well-equipped premises, which will provide a range of services which can be added to over time. It will make a substantial difference to the lives of people in Kells. As well as treating illness, the Kells centre will help people to care for themselves, such as those with a long-term illness, and it will also help to prevent serious illness from occurring in the first place by providing easily accessible health services in the community. 

“A focus on Primary Care not only benefits patients, it will also benefit the taxpayer. By allowing patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke and asthma, to be treated near or at their homes, we can save the health service millions euro by preventing hospital stays.

“I look forward to the development of the new Primary Care Centre in Kells, and to seeing the benefits it brings the local community.”

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