Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 38 - Health

9:30 am

Mr. Robert Watt:

As I mentioned earlier, 38 new primary care centres have been delivered since 2018. I am familiar with the one in Coolock and one in Ballybough too. They are fantastic facilities. As the Deputy will appreciate, I am not in a position of influence here, when lobbying on behalf of Finglas primary care centre, which I am sure has great merit, or Deputy Dillon's project. We will come back to the Deputy about it. I have seen it on a schedule. It is to be hoped we can get it up and running. It is critical to have the infrastructure to provide a proper space for the different teams I mentioned earlier, including the community networks, the community intervention teams, the teams for chronic disease management and the teams for older people. I know that part of the city well. The demographics are such that many demands are placed on the system as that generation moves on.

Deputy Dillon asked about Sláintecare. An important aspect of what we are trying to do is to provide that care in the community, including home care supports, to ensure people do not have to go to emergency departments and can get out of the hospital system as quickly as they can, because many people should not be in these acute settings.