Press Release

Appointments to the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund

Minister Mary Harney today, 16th May, 2007 announced the appointment of Mr John O’Dwyer as Chairman of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Mr O’Dwyer has been a member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund for the past three years. Mr O’Dwyer replaces Ms Maureen Lynott.

Mr John Horan has been appointed to the Board of the NTPF.

Minister Harney paid tribute to Ms Lynott, who has completed her term of office, and thanked her for her work and commitment since the establishment of the NTPF in 2002. Minister Harney wished Ms Lynott every success in her future. She also offered every good wish to Mr O’Dwyer and Mr Horan in their new appointments.

National Treatment Purchase Fund

The National Treatment Purchase Fund was established in April 2002 to treat public patients who had been longest on surgical in-patient waiting lists. It became a statutory body in May 2004.

John O’Dwyer

John O’Dwyer is Managing Director of Friends First Life Assurance and has been a Board member of the National Treatment Purchase Fund for the past three years. He is formerly Director of Operations with BUPA Ireland which he joined from the VHI where he was assistant Chief Executive and had served for 21 years in a range of management positions. He is also member of the Board of Ballymun Regeneration Ltd.

John Horan

In a career which spanned over 23 years with Aer Lingus, John Horan held a variety of positions in both operating and service departments. He also had a direct involvement in staff development and training and was Company Secretary in several of the airline’s travel, leisure and tour operating subsidiary companies. He became Chief Executive of Veterinary Ireland on commencement of operations in January, 2001. John has a Master’s Degree in Management from the Irish Management Institute/Trinity College Dublin and has extensive experience in the identification of legislative requirements and development and implementation of appropriate operating and control systems.