Tony Holohan has said he has no intention of returning to his role as chief medical officer and that his secondment to Trinity College Dublin is to “develop the public health capacity for the future”.
In his initial comments on the controversy surrounding his new academic role, Dr. Holohan told the Oireachtas Health Committee: “My secondment to Trinity College Dublin means that I have agreed to step down from my role as Chief Medical Officer; It is not my intention to return to this role at any time in the future. It is important that my successor feels fully empowered and empowered to take on the role as he sees fit.”
The Health Ministry is set to continue funding his current €187,000 civil service salary while he takes on a newly created role at Trinity, a move that has only surfaced in recent days and has raised questions from ministers and the opposition.
dr Holohan is appearing before the Oireachtas Health Committee in a private session on Thursday to provide the latest public health advice on Covid-19.
However, his statement before the committee addresses the controversy surrounding his move into academia.
In his pre-filed statement, the outgoing CMO said: “The Department of Health is committed to developing the public health capacity for the future. While Ireland has performed well in many aspects of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is room for our capacity to develop in this regard.
“The third tier sector will play a key role in providing thought leadership, critical analysis, research and the development of knowledge and skills to better support public health leadership, policy making and public health practice .
“To nurture this potential I am accepting the Professorship of Public Health Strategy & Leadership at Trinity College Dublin.
“In particular, the department intends that I lead the development and activities of inter-agency collaboration between universities and the health sector and build stronger links with WHO and EU agencies.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/tony-holohan-defends-187k-appointment-to-trinity-college-says-it-is-not-his-intention-to-return-to-cmo-role-41529303.html Tony Holohan Defends Trinity College Appointment of €187,000 Saying ‘Returning to CMO Role is Not His Intent’