HSE staying silent over health centre meeting

The Primary Care Centre at Flancare Business Park. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
The HSE has declined to say whether ot not it will accept an invitation from Longford County Council concerning the long term future of St Joseph’s Day Care Centre.

The HSE has declined to say whether ot not it will accept an invitation from Longford County Council concerning the long term future of St Joseph’s Day Care Centre.

Councillors, as revealed in last week’s Leader, want to speak with health bosses about the setting up of a new primary care centre just outside Longford town and what impact it may have on St Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford town.

Cllr Mae Sexton raised the issue at last month’s county council meeting as she questioned the centre’s location, almost three miles from town and the possible monetary costs involved.

But in a statement issued to the Leader this week, HSE officials refused to state whether or note it intended accepting the council’s invitation for a special meeting.

It said midlands area manager Joe Ruane had already dismissed fears about St Joseph’s in a previous meeting with councillors. “Mr Joseph Ruane addressed Longford County Council some months back and gave assurances that there was no plan whatsoever to downgrade or close services at St Joseph’s.”