Wexford Primary Care Centre moves one step closer to reality

By Esther Hayden

Published 26/05/2015 | 00:00

Minister Brendan Howlin: better healthcare 'has been a priority'.
Minister Brendan Howlin: better healthcare 'has been a priority'.

A consortium, which includes Prime/Balfour Beatty, JJ Rhatigan and Aramark, has been chosen as preferred tenderer to provide Wexford's new primary care centre as well as 13 other centres across the country.

Last week the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) named the Prime-Balfour Beatty consortium as preferred tenderer for the Project which is part of a €1.4 billion PPP stimulus package aimed at delivering critical social and economic infrastructure across the country. It is the State's first healthcare public private partnership.

Minister Brendan Howlin said it was great news for the health sector and the local economies. 'It is particularly good news for the communities who will be able to access multi-disciplinary health care locally.'

The project will roll-out a network of primary care facilities integrating primary, community and continuing care and social services.

The Wexford centre will be constructed at the Health Centre Campus on Grogan's Road.

Construction is expected to get under way at the end of this year, with the first centres due to be opened by the end of 2016 and all by the end of 2017.

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