Top health civil servant Ambrose McLoughlin steps down from post

Secretary general to take up new role with Healthy Ireland

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin: to bring his valuable insight to workings of Healthy Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin: to bring his valuable insight to workings of Healthy Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

 

The secretary general of the Department of Health, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, is stepping down from the post he was appointed to in April 2012.

He is moving to a new role supporting the implementation of the Healthy Ireland initiative.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the move was agreed in the context of the outgoing secretary general’s decision to retire in June 2015.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Ambrose in his new role and expect to rely on his counsel and advice into the future,” Mr Varadkar said.

Praise from Varadkar

“His extensive experience in the health arena will provide invaluable insight and guidance in progressing the achievement of the goals set out in the Healthy Ireland framework.”

Launched in March 2013, Healthy Ireland is a Government action plan aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people living in the State over the coming generation.

Dr McLoughlin said: “It has been a privilege to serve as secretary general in the Department of Health and I am very proud to take up this new role.”

He was previously chief executive of the pharmacy regulator, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, and was also chief executive of the North Eastern Health Board. Next year, he will have been in the public service for 40 years.

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He said civil servants would welcome “an injection of new blood, fresh thinking and new energy from outside”.