Press Release

Appointment of new Secretary General in the Department of Health

The Government has today, 17th April, 2012 announced the appointment of Dr Ambrose McLoughlin as the new Secretary General in the Department of Health. Dr McLoughlin’s appointment follows a process which saw applications directed to and vetted by the Top Level Appointments Committee. Three final candidates were identified by that process. The Government has today selected Dr McLoughlin to take on the role, Dr McLoughlin replaces Mr Michael Scanlan who recently retired after seven years in the position.

Minister Dr James Reilly has welcomed the announcement. “The appointment of Ambrose McLoughlin will have an invigorating effect on the Department of Health. In 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. I would like to pay a tribute to Mr Michael Scanlan whose work as Secretary General was exemplary. I would also like to pay a tribute to the other excellent candidates who applied for the Secretary General position.”

Biographical information of Dr Ambrose McLoughlin

Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, BDS, MBA

Profile:  Over 30 years’ successful experience in the Health Service from Practitioner Level to Chief Executive.

Education and Professional Training:

2010:   Senior Leadership Programme of the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin and Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts (USA).

2004:   Judge Institute of Management Cambridge UK, post-grad.

2001:   Top Managers Programme, Kings Fund London

1986:   Masters in Business Administration from University College Cork – Business School

1979:   Certificate in Public Administration – IPA

1974:   BDS, NUI – Dublin Dental School


Current position: 2004 to date

Registrar/Chief Executive: Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), the pharmacy regulator

Other positions held:

2000 to 2004: CEO/Deputy CEO North Eastern Health Board (NEHB).

1995 to 2000: Deputy CEO NEHB, responsible for Acute Hospitals and Community Services.

1990 to 1995: Programme Manager Community Care (NEHB).

1980 to 1990: Chief Dental Officer, Mid-Western Health Board.

1977 to 1980: Health Board Dental Surgeon in Midland Health Board.

1975 to 1977: House Surgeon at the Dublin Dental Hospital.