The HSE has confirmed to the Medical Independent (MI) a change in its public health leadership as a result of the retirement of Dr Kevin Kelleher last November.
Dr Kelleher held a number of significant roles within public health, including Assistant National Director and public health advisor to the Chief Clinical Officer 2020-21.
Dr Kelleher was also Acting Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) between 2016 and 2019.
Dr Kelleher’s retirement was discussed at meetings of the national flu planning steering group during the second half of last year, minutes of which MI has seen following a Freedom of Information request.
As well as his advisor role to the Chief Clinical Officer and position with the HPSC, Dr Kelleher was Assistant National Director of Health Protection, Public Health, Child Health 2005-2020.
“Dr Kelleher’s contribution to the HSE through these leadership roles has been wide-reaching and significant,” a HSE spokesperson told MI.
In his role as advisor to the Chief Clinical Officer, “he provided public health expertise and leadership support to the HSE’s pandemic response.”
“He was a member of NPHET [national public health emergency team], the HSE’s national crisis management team, the public health senior management team, national flu planning steering committee, test and trace senior management team, and provided significant expertise, guidance, and support to our public health teams.”