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The HSE confirmed to the Medical Independent (MI) that a person has been identified “and a start date is currently being agreed”.
The Executive would not tell MI the name of the person, until a formal announcement is made.
The HSE has been seeking a new Clinical Lead for its National Clinical Programme for Diabetes (NCPD) for a number of weeks. Dr Ronan Canavan stepped down as National Clinical Lead on 1 April, an Executive spokesperson told MI.
Dr Canavan spoke at a diabetes research conference in the RCSI, Dublin, in January this year, where he said that he believed it was important to move ahead with a national diabetes audit for Ireland.
In Ireland, the number of people currently living with diabetes is estimated to be 190,000.
“The overall prevalence of type 2 diabetes among adults aged 50 years and over in Ireland is 8.5 per cent and is increasing in line with global trends, driven primarily by rising levels of obesity and an ageing population,” according to the HSE.