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New chief Phelim Quinn announced for health watchdog

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Phelim Quinn

Phelim Quinn

Phelim Quinn

PHELIM Quinn, who was involved in overseeing major investigations into patient safety, has been appointed the chief executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority, the watchdog body for safety standards and quality in the health service.

Mr Quinn who was involved in probes such as the examination of the care of Savita Halappanavar, was previously the Director of Regulation. He said he was looking forward to taking up the post and ensuring the HIQA influenced and drove improvements in how services are delivered. "One of my key priorities will be to ensure that HIQA's role in the regulation of services will have a central focus on ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society in receipt of services are safeguarded by our work."

Irish Independent