Saturday 16 February 2019

Former GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail among new appointees to revamped HSE board

Aogán Ó Fearghaíl. Photo: Sportsfile
Aogán Ó Fearghaíl. Photo: Sportsfile

Eilish O’Regan

Former GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail is among eight new appointees to the revamped board of the HSE.

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 being abolished by former Health Minister James Reilly in the last government.

They are being appointed on an administrative basis until new legislation has passed. These positions were advertised through the State Board process operated by the Public Appointments Service.

They will join chairman Ciarán Devane,the Irish-born UK charity chief.

The new appointees announced today are:

·        Fergus Finlay, former CEO of Barnardos

·        Tim Hynes, Group Chief Information Officer, AIB

·        Prof Deirdre Madden, professor of law at UCC and chair of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance. Dr Madden will be appointed Deputy Chair of the HSE Board

·        Dr Sarah McLoughlin, Science and Communication Officer at Retina International & patient advocate

·        Mark Molloy, Quantity Surveyor, member of the Expert Group on Tort Reform and Management of Clinical Negligence Claims & patient advocate

·        Aogán Ó Fearghail, former GAA President

·        Fiona Ross, chair of CIE and Mental Health Ireland

·        Dr Yvonne Traynor, vice president of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs with Kerry Group  

Health Minister Simon Harris said: “I am pleased to confirm the names of eight new appointees to the Board of the HSE. Chosen for excellence and leadership in their fields, the new board will play a crucial role in reform of our health service as we implement Sláintecare".

"We have also fulfilled a key recommendation from Dr Gabriel Scally’s report by ensuring the board will have members with patient advocacy experience and expertise. This will ensure the patient’s voice is embedded in the reform of our health service and patient concerns are at the heart of the key decisions taken.”

The appointees reflect the range of competencies sought for prospective HSE Board members through the State Board’s process.

There remains one final position on the Board to be announced in the coming weeks which will have particular relevance to the competency area of financial planning and management.

He said that under the new Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2018, to be enacted in early 2019, the board will be the governing body of the HSE and will be accountable to the Minister for Health for the performance of its functions.

The CEO of the HSE will be accountable to the Board. The Board will be appointed on an administrative basis until the legislation has passed.

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