Reilly File – HSE Board is added to the list.

Changes to the Board of the HSE
The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, announced a series of
changes to the Board of the HSE.  The announcement involves the
appointment of three new board members and one departure.

New to the board is Mr. Jim Breslin, Secretary General of the
Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  This appointment will allow
for the crucial area of the care of children to be represented by the
top official of the new department.

Ms. Frances Spillane, Head of the National Human Resource and Work
Force Planning Unit in the Department of Health, also joins the board
bringing a range of valuable experience as the health services deal
with issues including the change programme.

Mr. Tony O’Brien, the Chief Operating Officer of the Special Delivery
Unit will replace Dr. Martin Connor on the board.  As a key new unit
in the health services, its perspective at the board table is of great

Minister Reilly has also decided to ask Mr. Brian Gilroy to remain on
the board despite his departure from the HSE.  Mr. Gilroy, formerly
the HSE National Director, Integrated Services – Reconfiguration has
now moved to a new role in RTE.  However, as his replacement has yet
to be appointed in the HSE, his expertise and experience will be an
asset in reaching decisions at board level.

The new appointments are temporary in nature as the Government moves
to introduce new legislation to establish a new directorates structure
in the HSE.  The directorate structure, putting in place a Director
General and six other Directors, overseeing seven specific lines of
service, will also see the abolition of the HSE Board.

The remaining board members are as follows: –

  • Mr. Michael Scanlan, Chairman and Secretary General, Department of Health;
  •     Mr. Cathal Magee, Chief Executive Officer, HSE;
  •     Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health;
  •     Mr. Paul Barron, Assistant Secretary, Primary Care & Eligibility

Division, Department of Health;

  •     Ms. Bairbre NicAongusa, Assistant Secretary, Finance, Performance

Evaluation, Information, EU International, Research & Resource
Allocation Division, Department of Health;

  •     Dr. Barry White, HSE National Director, Clinical Strategy & Programmes;
  •     Dr. Philip Crowley, HSE National Director, Quality & Patient Safety;
  •     Ms. Laverne McGuinness, HSE National Director, Integrated Services –

Performance & Financial Management.