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HSE spend on new primary care centres falls

Documents show that the spend went from €17.5m in 2011 to less than €1m so far this year.

SPENDING BY THE HSE on new primary care centres has fallen by €15 million since 2011.

That is according to the Medical Independent, which accessed documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

They show that the HSE spent €17.5m in 2011 and €6.1 million in 2012 on designing, constructing and equipping new primary care centres -  but less than €1 million so far this year on this.

There are 52 fully functional primary care centres in Ireland, with another 46 described as ‘partially operational’.

According to the HSE, a further eight such centres are at various stages of design and construction.

Read more in the Medical Independent.

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