Monday 15 July 2019

HSE board needs some medical expertise - GP group

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The lack of medical expertise among the members of the new board of the HSE has been deplored by the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).

Dr Maitiu O'Tuathail, president of the NAGP, said: "While those appointed to the board, merit their appointment and will undoubtedly bring much experience and knowledge to the HSE, it is disappointing to see no front-line doctor or nurse with experience of the current strengths and weaknesses of our health system on the board.

"This is, after all, the board of the health service, a board that is now without anyone with health service experience, which goes against both international norms, and what would be in line with International best practice.

"Furthermore, in a time where clinical leadership should be nourished, supported and promoted, this is a lost opportunity for our health service.

"The new HSE system cannot be just another corporation. It must have clinical as well as corporate governance."

Former GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl is among eight new appointees to the revamped board.

It also includes Mark Molloy, one of the parents at the centre of the tragedies involving baby deaths at Portlaoise Hospital.

The HSE board is being revived after it was abolished by former health minister James Reilly in the last government. There remains one final position on the board to be filled in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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