Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, the chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, the pharmacy regulator has been appointed Secretary General at the Department of Health.
Collins reports there was considerable surprise among senior officials in the Department of Health that an outsider had been appointed to the post for which there were a number of internal applicants.
Reilly welcoming the announcement said
http://medicalindependent.ie/page.as...alth_appointedIn the last year as Minister I have had the privilege of getting to know closely the very hard working, committed individuals at the top of the civil service. I know they, like me, will welcome an injection of new blood, fresh thinking and new energy from outside as we move to introduce reforms and tackle the many problems faced in the area of health.
A dentist by profession Dr McLoughlin has more than 30 years experience in the Irish health service and as CEO of the PSI a role that he has held since 2004 was at the forefront of the implementation of the new 2007 Pharmacy Act. He has also worked as CEO and Deputy CEO of the former North Eastern Health Board (
So that's the HSE board cleaned out and a new DG since Reilly took over.
With this in mind it's worth revisiting this investigation from Priscilla Lynch on the interesting power struggle within the health service and the department