Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed confirmation that planning permission has finally been granted for the long proposed Primary Care Centre in Cahir town. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the project which was initially announced by Minister for Health, Simon Harris, in July of 2017, will now proceed subject to the completion of 18 conditions:
“We are all aware of the long and circuitous route that planning permission for this much needed project has taken. That being said, once boots are on the ground and work begins it will be an amazing addition not just for Cahir but for the entire surrounding population in towns like Cashel and Clonmel.
I understand that the proposed facility was set to become operational in the first quarter of 2019. That seems ambitious at this point in time given the number of conditions that are attached to the final go-ahead.
What I want to see emerging from this proposal however is a recognition that the entire local health infrastructure within Tipperary needs to be revamped and up-scaled to allow for far more local appointments across a range of health issues.
We have seen the extraordinary work that was carried out by The Mary Street Medical Centre in Clonmel, which is an excellent health care facility and primary care centre that has been attempting to implement the use of ultrasound diagnostics to help patients receive faster treatment.
Yet in In February of last year, after it was awarded a contract by the HSE to carry out such diagnostics, the contract was withdrawn after a mere eight days.
In light of that we need firm guarantees that the work, both in the new Cahir centre and indeed in existing Primary Care Centres, will be fully resourced and sanctioned in order to allow them to reach their maximum potential with the minimum of HSE bureaucratic interference,” concluded Deputy McGrath.