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Move towards trust system for hospitals

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New management arrangements at hospitals in the west are indicative of a move towards the implementation of a hospital trust system, IMN has been informed.

 

A spokesperson for Health Minister James Reilly told IMN that the Minister intends to move to a situation where hospitals act as autonomous trusts as opposed to the current model, where many hospitals are managed directly by the HSE.

Minister Reilly also intends that individual hospitals will become identified as part of a wider hospital group.

“The more that larger and smaller hospitals are viewed as part of a collaborative group in this interim phase, the more opportunities exist for solutions that are in the best interest of the patients,” the spokesperson stated.

Changes of management structure see Mr Bill Maher taking up the role of CEO with the Galway/Roscommon Hospital Group since January 9, on a three-year secondment from his role as Acting CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

This group, comprising Galway University Hospital, Merlin Park Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and Roscommon County Hospital, will have a single management structure, a single clinical governance model, one budget and one employment ceiling, and Mr Maher will have responsibility for the group’s performance.

Similarly, Ms Ann Doherty, former head of the National Hospitals’ Office, has been appointed CEO of the Mid Western Hospitals Group, which includes the Mid Western Regional Hospitals at Limerick (Dooradoyle), Ennis and Nenagh, together with the Orthopaedic Hospital at Croom and St John’s Hospital, Limerick.

Both newly appointed Group Hospital Managers will have the support of a five-person expert committee, which will include leading practitioners of hospital management as well as Mr John Hennessy, Regional Director of Operations in the HSE West.

 

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