Robert Watson, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, is expected to tell TD that Dr. Tony Holohan “regrets” that he is no longer playing a new role at Trinity College.
Mr. Watt and Chief Medical Officer will face a grill by TD and Senator at the Dail’s Health Committee on Wednesday about Dr. Holohan’s move to the third level.
Mr. Watt approved the currently abandoned secondment, but Dr. Holohan was asked about how the new role was born and the fact that the Ministry of Health will continue to pay Dr. Holohan’s € 187,000 salary. After that, I decided to take on the job anymore.
In his opening remarks to the Commission, Mr. Watt is expected to say that he had his first discussion with the CMO in August 2021 about his future plans, but Dr. Holohan focused on responding to public health. With the advent of Omicron, these discussions were discontinued.
Dr. Watt says Dr. Holohan has proposed “how several third-level institutions, the Ministry of Health, can enhance their knowledge and practice of public health leadership in innovative and rapid ways.”
As part of these proposed arrangements, Mr. Watt believed that the Ministry of Health needed to resolve funding for Dr. Holohan’s post, but the Ministry of Health was to pursue important initiatives. He says he will support the development of this innovative approach. Dedicated additional research funding.
“Therefore, the details will be agreed among all three so that Dr. Holohan’s salary will be paid in time as part of a wider fund that may be managed by the Health Research Commission. A statement of intent was provided, in accordance with established practices for funding health research in the third level sector.
“As the Commission is aware, there are many well-known steps that all departments and ministers must follow to allocate funding, from generating ideas to funding specific projects or services. ..
“It was clear to me that this proposal was in line with the government’s commitment to investing in public health, as outlined in the Government Program.
“It’s a shame to me that what I’ve seen as an important and innovative proposal to improve Ireland’s public health capacity isn’t progressing right now,” Watt told the Commission.
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https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/politics/robert-watt-to-tell-tds-26864403 Robert Watson tells TD that Dr. Tony Holohan "regrets" that he will no longer take over the role of Trinity College.