New Private Hospital Association Chief

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Mr. Jim Daly has been appointed chief executive of the Private Hospitals Association (PHA).

Mr Daly, who retired from national politics over two years ago is a Former Fine Gael Minister of State for Health and former TD for Cork South West.

He said, “This is both an exciting yet challenging time in the Irish healthcare sector after emerging from one of the most seismic periods in our country’s history post Covid-19 pandemic. We are at an important transition point in the delivery of healthcare reform in this country, yet the experience of the past two years has seen unprecedented levels of collaboration with the State and private hospitals, with very constructive engagement occurring on all sides. This bodes well for the future and I very much look forward to playing my part in progressing that agenda of positivity over the months and years ahead.”

PHA Chairman, Bill Maher, said the PHA’s network of 18 private hospitals was key to the delivery of acute and mental health services around the country.. “We conduct 300,000 theatre procedures annually and offer over 750,000 bed nights to the Irish healthcare system. We have shown in the past that we have the capacity to make substantial inroads into waiting lists when called upon and we can rise to the challenge once again.”