dr Tony Holohan is stepping down from his role as Chief Medical Officer

DR. TONY Holohan will step down from his position as Chief Medical Officer, it was confirmed today.

r Holohan led the National Public Health Emergency Team ( Nphet), which responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and advised on government policy.

Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly and Professor Linda Doyle, Provost of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), announced in a statement that Dr. Holohan was appointed Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at TCD.

He will take office on July 1.

dr Holohan, who has become a national figure over the past two years, recommended that Nphet step down in a letter to Minister Donnelly last month. He advised setting up a new structure to advise the government on pandemic policy.

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This new body has yet to be constituted.

“It has been a great privilege for me to serve as Chief Medical Officer and to have the opportunity to be directly involved in issues of great importance and relevance to the health of the people of Ireland,” said Dr. holohan.

“These last two years in particular have presented extreme challenges to public health around the world and I am honored to work with exceptional colleagues within the Department of Health, HSE, the broader health service and government at large.

“During this time I have witnessed the commitment of colleagues to protecting the health and well-being of people across Ireland.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity and look forward with energy and enthusiasm to working with the Provost of Trinity College Dublin and her team and to continuing to help improve public health policy, practice and outcomes,” he added.

Taoiseach Michael Martin praised Dr. Holohan’s work during the pandemic, which he says “has helped save lives.”

“His steadfast, sure advice and willingness to communicate as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded has undoubtedly helped save lives and protect Ireland in two exceptionally challenging years,” the Taoiseach said.

“I have known Tony and have had the privilege of working with him since he was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in 2001 and then throughout his 14 years as Chief Medical Officer.

“His work as chairman of Nphet, his professionalism and his calm and personable nature gave us the reassurance we needed during the pandemic,” he added.

Health Secretary Donnelly thanked Dr. Holohan for his work during his tenure, which he first assumed in 2008.

“Throughout his tenure as CMO, Dr. Tony used his public health leadership skills, along with his many other skills and insights, to inform and influence decisions at the highest levels to protect public health,” he said.

“His invaluable advice to myself and the government during the pandemic shaped our response to Covid-19 and I witnessed firsthand his unwavering commitment to protecting the health of the people of Ireland.

“He will play a crucial role in applying his knowledge and skills in developing the next generation of public health thinking and practice, and I wish Tony all the best in this new and exciting chapter in his career.”

Trinity College Dublin Provost Professor Linda Doyle said: “Trinity is here to make things better and the University has a long history of working with health services in this area. dr Holohan has become a household name for his services to the country over the past two years, but there is still work to be done to protect Ireland from future pandemics.

“We are pleased that he will work with other academic colleagues at Trinity to learn the lessons from Covid and prepare for these future challenges.

“Dr. Holohan is not assigned to any single school or discipline within Trinity. Instead, his role will cut across the humanities, social sciences and health sciences faculties, recognizing the complexity and scope of public health challenges in the modern era.” dr Tony Holohan is stepping down from his role as Chief Medical Officer

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