Press Release

Government appoints new Secretary General of Department of Health and Children

The Government today (06 April 05) appointed Mr Michael Scanlan to the post of Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children. Mr Scanlan takes up his post with immediate effect.

Michael Scanlan has been an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Finance since December 2000 with responsibility for public expenditure policy in the health sector and a number of other areas.

He was educated in Templeogue College and joined the civil service in 1973. He moved to the then Department of the Public Service in 1979 and dealt at various stages with public service pay, conditions, pensions and training. He served as Secretary to both the “Gleeson” and “Buckley” Review Bodies, The Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector . Later he dealt with overall public service pay policy including pay policy within the health sector.

As an Assistant Secretary he has worked closely with the Department of Health and Children on the health sector structural reform programme, including the establishment of the Health Service Executive, and on a number of major health policy issues.

He has also been the Department’s lead representative in the non-pay aspects of Sustaining Progress and was very closely involved in the implementation of the Government’s decentralisation programme.

He is 49 years old and is married with two adult children.