Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today announced the launch of the recruitment process for the Executive Director of the Sláintecare Programme Office.
This follows the commitment by the Minister to a very significant programme of health reform following the publication of the Sláintecare report by the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare in Ireland last year.
The Executive Director will be charged with leading and managing this reform programme, working in partnership with key stakeholders across the health system. The recruitment process will seek to attract very senior candidates with a strong track record in implementing large scale programmes of reform.
Speaking today, Minister Harris said:
The Minister continued:
Implementation of several key recommendations from the Sláintecare Report is already underway, with dedicated resourcing. The Minister announced a number of priority actions in October 2017, as recommended in the Sláintecare Report. These have been progressed as follows:
In addition, the majority of additional funding for new health initiatives in Budget 2018 has been targeted at areas identified in the Sláintecare report.
The Minister concluded by saying:
The role of Executive Director of the Sláintecare Program Office will be advertised by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on Friday 12th January. Given the importance of the role, the Department of Health is seeking an exceptional candidate to lead the Sláintecare programme of reform of the health service in Ireland.
A broad and comprehensive executive search will be commissioned as part of the PAS-led recruitment process. It is expected that on foot of this process, a recommendation for an individual for appointment will be made to the Department of Health before April 2018.
The Slaintecare Programme Office will be situated in the Department of Health. The Executive Director of Sláintecare will report to the Secretary General of the Department of Health and will be accountable to the Minister for Health. S/he will be a member of the senior Management Board of the Department for Health. The Sláintecare programme of reform will be under the auspices of the Cabinet Committee on Health, chaired by the Taoiseach.
Budget 2018 provided the following targeted funding for areas identified in the Sláintecare report:
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