Special Delivery Unit

In June 2011, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, set up the Special Delivery Unit (SDU) in the Department of Health, with the appointment of the senior advisor Dr Martin Connor. The SDU was tasked with implementing performance improvement in Irish hospitals involving emergency departments, in-patient and day case waiting lists and out-patient waiting lists.

On 1 January 2013, the SDU transferred operationally to the Health Service Executive (HSE) but it is retaining its separate identity, its very clear role and its special reporting relationship to the Minister for Health and to the Director General designate. This is particularly important in the context of organisational reform, the ultimate purpose of which is to improve the performance of the health system.

On 27 June 2013, the HSE announced that Ian Carter, the National Director Designate of Acute Hospitals in the HSE and former CEO of St James’s Hospital, had taken over responsibility for the SDU. You can read that announcement here, in which the SDU's achievements so far and the targets for 2013 are set out.