Press Release

Minister Martin establishes Acute Hospitals Review Group

Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children has today (27 January 2004) announced the composition of a group to prepare a national plan for acute hospital services. The group, to be chaired by Mr. David Hanly, will build on the work done by the National Task Force on Medical Staffing.

The Hanly Report concluded that a reorganisation of acute hospital services is needed to implement a consultant-provided service based on consultants working in teams and, as required under the European Working Time Directive, to reduce the average working hours of non consultant hospital doctors.

The group announced by the Minister today contains a wide range of expertise from the areas of medicine, nursing, health and social care professions and management. It also includes an expert in spatial planning and representation of the public interest.

The Minister said that he was very pleased that Mr. David Hanly had agreed to chair the group.

Terms of reference and membership of the group are below.

Acute Hospitals Review Group

Terms of reference

To prepare a plan for the Interim Health Services Executive for the reorganisation of acute hospital services, taking account of the recommendations of the National Task Force on Medical Staffing including spatial, demographic and geographic factors.


Mr. David Hanly, Chair

Mr. Paul Barron, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Children

Dr. Richard Brennan, Chairperson, Irish College of General Practitioners

Mr. Niall Cussen, Senior Adviser on Spatial Planning, Department of the Environment and Local Government

Dr. Joe Ennis, Consultant Radiologist (retired)

Mr. Chris Flood, representative of public interest

Dr. Fergal Hickey, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Sligo General Hospital

Dr. Tony Holohan, Deputy CMO, Department of Health and Children

Dr. Mary Hynes, Regional Manager, Acute Hospital Services, Western Health Board

Dr. Jim Kiely, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Children

Mr. John Kelly, Consultant Surgeon, South Infirmary, Cork

Dr. Peter Kelly, Consultant Histopathologist, Mater Hospital

Dr. Geoff King, Chief Executive, Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council

Prof Gerry Loftus, Consultant Paediatrician, University College Hospital, Galway

Mr. Pat McLoughlin, CEO, South Eastern Health Board

Mr. Tony McNamara, General Manager, Cork University Hospital Group, Southern Health Board

Dr. Maire Milner, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Louth/Meath Hospital Group

Ms. Orla O´Brien, Director of Nursing, Tullamore General Hospital

Ms. Ann Marie O´Grady, Chief Physiotherapist, Beaumont Hospital

Dr. Eamon Tierney, Consultant Anaesthetist, Wexford General Hospital

Dr. Cillian Twomey, Consultant Geriatrician, Cork University Hospital