Senator Ged Nash.
The long -awaited and much heralded East Meath Primary Health Care Centre, which was first announced by the then Minister for Health James Reilly a decade ago, is not expected to be operational until 2022.
This has been confirmed by the HSE in a letter to Senator Ged Nash who said: “This essential service for one of the fastest growing areas of the country will open its doors in the first quarter of 2022.
“This is over two years away and a full ten years after the plan was first announced by James Reilly!
“This project has been dogged by delay after delay and those delays are unacceptable to me and the people of Bettystown and Laytown who have waited far too long for this facility.
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“I am dealing with so many young families in the area who have to travel long distances to access OT support, speech and language therapy and other supports for children with additional needs and the excessive delay in providing these and other primary care services for all citizens in the area is extremely frustrating.
“I am calling on the HSE to expedite the process and get the centre up and running as soon as is humanly possible.”