Press Release

Statement from the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D. regarding Health Service Executive

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., has signed the relevant Orders bringing the Health Services Executive into operation with effect from 1 January 2005.

The decision by IMPACT to lift its instruction to its members requiring them not to cooperate with the new HSE follows the successful conclusion of discussions facilitated by Mr Phil Flynn, at the request of the National Implementation Body.  The Tánaiste expressed her appreciation to Mr Flynn and to all who engaged in these discussions constructively over recent days.

“The establishment of the HSE is a significant milestone in the development of the Irish health services”, the Tánaiste said.  “The purpose of the very significant restructuring which this represents is to enable the health services to develop to provide more effectively and efficiently for the needs of patients.  To realise this potential, it will require the full commitment, energy and professionalism of all staff throughout the health services”, she added.

“The Irish Health Services have developed significantly over the years and the purpose of this reform is to enable them to develop further.  All change poses challenges, but change on this scale is particularly difficult.  I am particularly conscious of the demands being placed on those who will be most directly affected in the short term through the new management structures.  This transition requires to be managed with sensitivity as well as energy, so that the best of the existing system is continued into the new structures, while the opportunities presented by change are seized to the full”, the Tánaiste added.

“I wish the new HSE, its Board, Management Team and all of those working in the health services every success in the exciting period ahead and I wish them and their families a peaceful Christmas and the very best for the New Year”, the Tánaiste concluded.