Fine Gael candidate in the Cavan/Monaghan Constituency, Joe O’Reilly, has said that continued investment in primary care centres throughout Cavan should be an essential part of any future health strategy.

“The key message of the Department of Health’s primary care strategy, published in 2011, was that the overarching goal of Irish health policy was to provide a strong, effective health system that would focus on the delivery of services designed to keep people well and out of hospitals. This involves placing a greater focus on early intervention, health promotion and regular screening.  Primary care centres play a huge role in this regard.”

“In Cavan we have a very good network of primary care centres with state-of-the-art facilities, including those in Cavan town, Kingscourt and Bailieborough, as well as excellent services in towns such as Cootehill, Ballyjamesduff and Virginia however, there is always scope to do more. This Government has a good record of providing a number of Health Care Centres throughout County Cavan in the worst of times. While I am happy about that fact, I still think there is always room for more investment. I would like to see new Health Centres throughout all parts of the County, in every large population base. In particular, I would very much like to see a new Health Centre for Ballyjamesduff, as I know there is a vital need there.”

“To coincide with significant investment already made in our Health Centres, recently, The Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly in Cavan received €100,000 in funding for upgrades and refurbishment. This very significant investment reflected the Government’s determination to maintain the current numbers of public nursing home beds and to ensure all public nursing homes will be compliant with HIQA standards by 2021. The funding for Lisdarn will ensure that the best facilities are available for residents and their families in the future.”

“We will continue to work to ensure that funding is available for important services like nursing homes and health care. Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. Our plan will deliver more new jobs, spread right across the country, jobs that pay more than welfare, where hard work is rewarded. The plan will also deliver affordable, sustainable investments in services, like nursing homes and primary care centres, using the resources from growing employment.”

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Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website