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It is expected the new post will be advertised before the end of the year.
News that a new Clinical Lead on Obesity will be appointed in the HSE was announced as part of the new Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025, launched last month.
“The HSE can confirm that the recruitment process has been initiated,” a spokesperson for the HSE told the Medical Independent (MI).
“The job description is being finalised and the nature of the selection process is under discussion.
“It is anticipated that this post will be advertised before year-end.
“We anticipate that the appointment will be in Q2-Q3 2017, depending on the outcomes of the recruitment process.”
The HSE did not supply the names of any possible candidates for the position. However, Prof Donal O’Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist at Loughlinstown Hospital, Dublin, who was involved in the formation of the new Obesity Strategy, is speculated to be among those in the running for the position.
Speaking at the launch of the Obesity Action Plan last month, Minister for Health Simon Harris said the role of the new Clinical Lead on Obesity would be significant.
“As the biggest provider of health services in Ireland, the HSE has a major role to play in tackling the obesity problem,” Minister Harris told reporters.
“I have agreed with them that we will prioritise the appointment of a Clinical Lead on Obesity, who will provide a model of care for children and adults and oversee its implementation.”