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Editorial - New Executive Council at the helm

The membership of the newly elected INMO Executive Council which will lead and direct the Organisation for the period May 2012 to May 2014 is outlined in detail on page 7.

The election for the new Executive Council saw the largest number of candidates in recent years: a total of 23 candidates came forward for 16 clinical seats; seven for three administrative seats; and two for one student seat. We also had two nominations for the two education seats who were deemed automatically elected.

This large number of candidates is a very positive development and reflects the fact that the INMO on the ground is continuing to attract members who are willing to actively participate in driving the Organisation’s agenda into the future.

At this point, I want to formally thank the members of the outgoing Council. They have all given great service to the INMO, which is deeply appreciated.

The new Executive Council sees 10 new members among the total of 23, with new members sitting in the clinical, administration and education seats. Another interesting aspect of the new Council is that it will include four men – the most men we have had on the Executive Council in recent times.

The incoming Executive Council will be led by a completely new set of officers following the forthcoming election for president, first vice president/treasurer and second vice president, which takes place at this month’s annual conference (see page 6).

The outcome of all of these positive developments is that the Organisation will continue, through its Executive Council, to contain the knowledge, commitment, expertise and loyalty necessary to serve its members. It will continue to respond to their needs and advocate on their behalf, and on the behalf of patients, for safe practice and safe care.

Our internal changes are taking place at a time when there are other significant changes occurring across the wider health service. Last month, the Department of Health announced the appointment of Dr Ambrose McLoughlin as its new Secretary General. It is only appropriate that I acknowledge the recent retirement of Michael Scanlan, who was Secretary General in the Department of Health for the past seven years. Everyone here in the INMO wishes Michael a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Building on this change, we received confirmation from Health Minister Dr James Reilly that he wishes to finalise the structure of the remaining acute hospital groups to be established under his reform programme. This, in turn, will lead to the appointment of CEOs to each group, and an Executive Director of Nursing within each senior management team.

We hope that the Minister, in his address at ADC, will provide clarity on the organisational reform programme, the funding pathways within it and, most fundamentally, who is ultimately in charge, at national, regional and local level. In recent months, these details have been far from clear.

The INMO, as demonstrated by the interest in membership of the Executive Council and now the interest in securing an officership, is in a very healthy place, regardless of the challenges we face. Members can rest assured that those recently elected fully understand and appreciate the real issues that need to be highlighted and addressed.

Our theme for this year’s conference is ‘Safe care – Safe practice – No compromise’ and I genuinely think that this sums up what our approach has to be in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Liam Doran
General Secretary, INMO

Editorial - New Executive Council at the helm

 

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