Press Release

Implementation of Report of National Task Force on Medical Staffing

Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children has today (27 February, 2004) announced details of the groups to oversee implementation of the Hanly Report’s recommendations for developing acute hospital services in the East Coast and Mid Western Health Board regions.

The groups will assess the detailed staffing and capital requirements necessary for implementation of the report. A doubling in the number of consultants is recommended in both regions – from 178 to 307 posts in the East Coast area and from 109 to 304 consultants in the Mid Western region. The implementation will lead to an increase in the range of specialties in both regions and will also mean an expansion of both the primary care and ambulances services.

In both cases, the implementation groups will be supported as required by a number of sub groups to deal with detailed individual aspects of their work. The Groups are representative of all the stakeholders in the region, including representatives of the public interest

The Minister said that he wanted to ensure that the Hanly recommendations were implemented in a way that takes full account of the views expressed by the people in both regions. The Minister has asked both implementation groups, and the Acute Hospitals Review Group which he announced last month, to take account of the public debate that has taken place on the proposals so far. This includes ensuring that medical cover will continue to be provided overnight in each acute hospital.

Membership of the two implementation groups are below.

Implementation Group: East Coast Area Health Board region


Mr. Blaise Treacy, Former County Manager, Wicklow Co. Council, Chairperson

Dr. Richard Aboud, GP Unit doctor, East Coast Area Health Board

Ms. Fionnuala Duffy, Senior Commissioner, Eastern Regional Health Authority

Mr. Eamon Fitzgerald, Deputy Chief Executive, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Mr. Martin Gallagher, CEO, East Coast Area Health Board

Mr. Nicky Jermyn, Chief Executive, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Mr. Desmond D. McCabe, Chair, Dun Laoghaire Business Association

Mr. Pat McCreanor, Chief Ambulance Officer, Eastern region

Mr. Gavin Maguire, Assistant CEO, Acute Hospitals, East Coast Area Health Board

Mr. Tom Mernagh, Manager, St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown

Ms. Mary O´Connell, Assistant CEO, Primary Care, East Coast Area Health Board

A Director of Nursing representative from the region

The consultant representation on the group, which will be drawn from St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin, St. Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire and St. Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown will be announced shortly.

Implementation Group: Mid Western Health Board region


Mr. Stiofán de Búrca, Chief Executive Officer, Mid Western Health Board, Chairperson Mr. Gerry Buckley, Senior Laboratory Technician, Ennis General Hospital

Mr. Padraig Callaghan, Chief Ambulance Officer, Mid Western region

Mr. Joe Chambers, Solicitor, West Clare, representative of the public interest

Mr. P.J. Cleary, Director of Nursing, Nenagh General Hospital

Mr. Ger Crowley, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Primary, Community and Continuing Care

Ms. Maura Fitzgerald, Deputy Director of Nursing, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick

Ms. Kay Hogan, Director of Nursing, St. John´s Hospital, Limerick

Mr. Tim Kennelly, Chief Executive, St. John’s Hospital, Limerick

Dr. Kieran Murphy, General Practitioner, Athea, Limerick

Ms. Jacqueline Noonan, Radiology Services Manager, Nenagh General Hospital

Mr. John O´Brien, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Acute Services, Mid Western Health Board

Ms. Jean Quinn-McDonagh, Physiotherapy Manager, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick

Mr. Matt Shinners, Castletown, Nenagh, representative of the public interest

Ms. Joan Somers-Meany, Director of Nursing, Ennis General Hospital

The consultant representation on the group, which will be drawn from all acute hospitals in the region (Mid Western Regional Hospital Limerick, St. John´s Hospital Limerick, Ennis General Hospital and Nenagh General Hospital) will be announced shortly.