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Discussion continuing on RHA governance

By David Lynch - 06th Feb 2023

RHAs

The “final considerations” regarding the governance relationship between the six new regional health areas (RHAs) and the HSE leadership are ongoing, the Medical Independent (MI) has been informed.

Issues related to the governance structure between the RHAs and the HSE centre were raised at the November meeting of the regional health areas advisory group.

“It was noted that the six RHAs and the HSE centre will make up the national health service collectively and therefore should work together in an efficient manner,” according to the meeting minutes.

The group also discussed data and digital capability within the RHAs and the importance of achieving “interoperable systems that can be governed in a nimble and modular way”.

“Reporting lines were explored, as were structures beneath the senior leadership team roles. It was identified that these required further thought.”

A Department of Health spokesperson said that the governance and relationship between the RHAs and the HSE was still being discussed.

“RHAs will be large and complex organisations,” the spokesperson told MI.

“Matching responsibility with the necessary decision-making power and accountability for organisations of this size is key to think through and get right.”

An RHA implementation plan is due to be presented to the Government in the first quarter of this year.

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