Minister Reilly welcomes appointment of Chief Nursing Officer
The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has today (Wednesday, 2nd October 2013) welcomed the appointment of Dr Siobhan O’Halloran as Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. The position of Chief Nursing Officer has now been established at the level of Assistant Secretary in the Department, ensuring that the role of nursing and midwifery is represented at the highest level in terms of policy making for the health service. Commenting on Dr O’Halloran’s appointment Minister Reilly said “nurses and midwives form the bedrock of our health services. As we move to bring about radical change to improve our health services across the board, nurses and midwives are a vital group in achieving those reforms. It is imperative that their voice is heard at the highest level in the department and the appointment of the Chief Nursing Officer at Assistant Secretary level will achieve that aim.” Dr Siobhan O’Halloran was appointed to the post of Chief Nursing Officer following an open recruitment process conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Dr Siobhan O’Halloran’s biography.