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Wednesday 27 August 2014

HIQA boss quits for UK health job

Published 05/04/2014 | 02:30

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TRACEY Cooper, chief executive of health watchdog HIQA, is leaving our shores. Ms Cooper, below, has resigned from HIQA after seven and a half years at the top, for a new role in the UK as head of Public Health Wales.

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It's not a great time for HIQA to be leaderless. It is an important player in the health insurance debate, which has reached fever pitch of late amid the unveiling of the Government's new universal health insurance scheme (they're currently accepting submissions from the public on the proposals, for those interested). Of course, HIQA's input hasn't always been taken as seriously as it should – Health Minister James Reilly has deliberately contradicted its advice in the past, raising health insurance levies that favour the VHI despite warnings that policies are already too expensive for most people, as the Irish Independent revealed last year. We bet Ms Cooper wasn't delighted with that.

HIQA has already started the advertising process – but not for a chief executive. It's currently tendering for a recruiter to do the job. Surely an organisation as small as HIQA can recruit using its own people?

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