WATERFORD city and county are to get a slice of the Government’s €2.25bn stimulus package pie with plans to construct new primary care centres in both the city and Dungarvan in addition to the refurbishment and extension of Waterford City Courthouse.
Full details of exactly where the new primary care centres will be built have not been released yet, but it is expected that the city care centre will be built on a site in the Lisduggan / Ballybeg area, while the county care centre will be built on the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital.
The primary care centres will take the stress and strain off acute hospitals such as Waterford Regional by integrating a number of health services under one roof.
It is expected that the new centres will include health professionals such as GPs, practice nurses and services including occupational therapy and physiotherapy among others.
The centres are two of 20 such centres that are to built around the county and with that many jobs will be created.
Labour Deputy Ciara Conway warmly welcomed the move and said, “This is good news for the area and a vital stimulus. The next step is to ensure the project progresses as quickly as possible.”
Speaking about the provision of funding under the package to extend and refurbish the courthouse Deputy Conway said, “The existing courthouse has far outgrown the demands on it services. This investment will make for a much improved and more efficient service for the users of this facility.”
Meanwhile, the deputy confirmed that the Government also plans to create new jobs in the healthcare sector and details of which will be made shortly in a separate announcement.
She said, “Waterford has been overlooked for far too long both in terms of primary care and the provision of personnel. The creation of a number of new posts in the health care sector will be of huge benefit to the area.”
The announcement has also been welcomed by Deputy Paudie Coffey as he said the funding that will be sourced from European Investment Bank, from monies from the National Pension Reserve Fund and from Public Private Partnerships will help to generate jobs, improve facilities across the county and stimulate the local economy.