Acknowledgements

The Health Strategy Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You is the result of many months of hard work by the Department of Health and Children, the health boards and many others with an interest in health.

It would not have been possible to bring the work to completion without the excellent input of the individuals, groups and organisations who participated so positively in the National Consultative Forum on the Health Strategy. The Forum was divided into a series of sub-groups to allow detailed consideration of key issues. The energy and enthusiasm of the chairpersons of these sub-groups, and the commitment of all who took part, added greatly to the deliberations on the direction of the Strategy.

The Department received some 1,500 written submissions from individuals and over 300 from organisations. The messages from the submissions helped sharpen our understanding of the concerns about health and the strategic direction that is required for the future. They reflected both the complexity of the policy questions being considered and the breadth of the consultations undertaken in preparing the Strategy. The outcome of the consultation process is being published as a separate document, Your views about health.

Work on the Strategy benefited greatly from the input of an international panel and also from the working of an inter-departmental group which focused on how best to address issues beyond the health services that affect our health and well-being. The contribution made by the various working groups within the Department and by staff more generally in both the Department and the health boards was also significant.

Finally, sincere thanks are offered to the members of the Steering Group who led the development of the Strategy and to the Project Team who drafted the document.

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Members of the Steering Group
Mr. Michael Kelly (Chair) Secretary General Department of Health and Children
Mr. Frank Ahern Director Department of Health and Children
Mr. Paul Barron Assistant Secretary Department of Health and Children
Mr. Donal Devitt Assistant Secretary Department of Health and Children
Mr. Denis Doherty Chief Executive Officer Midland Health Board
Mr. Tony Enright Assistant Secretary Department of Health and Children
Ms. Deirdre Gillane Policy Advisor to the Minister Department of Health and Children
Mr. Pat Harvey Chief Executive Officer North Western Health Board
Dr. Jim Kiely Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Department of Health and Children
Mr. Michael Lyons Area Chief Executive East Coast Area Health Board
Mr. John Thompson1 Principal Officer Department of Finance
Mr. Peter MacDonagh Policy Advisor to the Taoiseach Department of the Taoiseach
Mr. Tom Mooney Deputy Secretary Department of Health and Children
Mr. Donal O Shea Regional Chief Executive Eastern Regional Health Authority
Dr. Sheelagh Ryan Chief Executive Officer Western Health Board
Mr. Dermot Smyth A/Assistant Secretary Department of Health and Children
Ms. Frances Spillane Director Department of Health and Children

1 Mr. John Thompson was replaced by Mr. Joe Mooney

Members of the Project Team
Ms. Frances Spillane (Chair) Director Department of Health and Children
Mr. Vincent Barton1 Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Mr. Tom Beegan Deputy Chief Executive Officer South Eastern Health Board
Ms. Elizabeth Canavan Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Dr. John Devlin Deputy CMO Department of Health and Children
Ms. Mary Dowling Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Ms. Maureen Flynn Nurse Research Officer Department of Health and Children
Ms. Deirdre Gillane Policy Advisor to the Minister Department of Health and Children
Dr. Tony Holohan Deputy CMO Department of Health and Children
Dr. Kevin Kelleher Director of Public Health Mid-Western Health Board
Ms. Siobhán Kennan Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Mr. Fergal Lynch Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin Deputy Chief Executive Officer North Eastern Health Board
Mr. Kevin McCarthy Assistant Chief Executive East Coast Area Health Board
Mr. Seamus Molloy Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children

1 Until end March

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Ms. Aodhín Delaney Librarian Midland Health Board
Ms. Marian O'Toole Executive Officer Department of Health and Children
Mr. Michael Smith Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children

Specialist Registrars in Public Health Medicine, Dr. Joan O'Donnell, Dr. Tom O'Connell and Dr. Emer Feely assisted the Project Team during their placement in the Department.

The Project Team was also supported by the staff of the Change Management Unit of the Department of Health and Children

Members of the Inter-departmental Group
Mr. Michael Kelly (Chair) Secretary General Department of Health and Children
Mr. Seán Aylward Director General Irish Prisons Service
Mr. Peter Baldwin Assistant Secretary Department of Education and Science
Mr. Jim Beecher Assistant Secretary Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Mr. Brian Brogan Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Mr. Gerry Daly Assistant Secretary Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs
Dr. John Devlin Deputy CMO Department of Health and Children
Ms. Mary Doyle Assistant Secretary Department of the Taoiseach
Mr. Chris Fitzgerald Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Ms. Deirdre Gillane Policy Advisor to the Minister Department of Health and Children
Mr. Seán Gorman Assistant Secretary Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Mr. Con Haugh Assistant Secretary Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation
Ms. Siobhán Kennan Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Mr. Fergal Lynch Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Dr. Tom O'Connell1 Specialist Registrar Department of Health and Children
Mr. Tom O'Mahony2 Assistant Secretary Department of the Environment and Local Government
Mr. Michael Smith (Secretary) Assistant Principal Officer Department of Health and Children
Ms. Frances Spillane Director Department of Health and Children
Mr. John Thompson3 Principal Officer Department of Finance

1 Dr. Tom O'Connell was replaced by Dr. Emer Feely

2 Ms. Rhíona Ní Fhlanghaile acted as alternate for Mr. Tom O'Mahony

3 Mr. Fred Foster acted as alternate for Mr. John Thompson

Chairs of the Forum Sub-groups and Informal Working Groups
Ms. Jacqueline Crinion Management Development Specialist Office for Health Management
Mr. Michael Dempsey Managing Director Bristol Myers Squibb
Professor Andrew Green National Centre for Medical Genetics Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Ms. Maureen Lynott Management Consultant
Professor Geraldine McCarthy Head of the Department of Nursing Studies University College Cork
Mr. Tom Mooney Deputy Secretary Department of Health and Children
Professor Michael Murphy Dean of the Medical School University College Cork
Professor Ivan Perry Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health University College Cork
Mr. Dermot Smyth A/Assistant Secretary Department of Health and Children
Ms. Frances Spillane Director Department of Health and Children
Professor Jane Wilde Director Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Members of the International Panel
Professor Richard Alderslade Regional Adviser WHO Regional Office for Europe
Dr. Charlotte Dargie Senior Research Associate Judge Institute of Management Studies,
University of Cambridge (UK)
Dr. Judith Kurland Regional Director Department of Health and Human Services (USA)