Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (335, 336)

Clare Daly

Question:

335. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 26 February 2019, his views on the length of time it is taking to fill the CEO post in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI (details supplied). [16131/19]

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Clare Daly

Question:

336. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the change in title and tenure for the most recent advertisement for the position of CEO of the NMBI following two advertisements in 2018 for a five-year business as usual CEO; the reason for this change; and the person currently fulfilling the CEO position on the board. [16132/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 335 and 336 together.

As I previously informed the Deputy, the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 sets out that the appointment of a CEO is a matter for the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Any appointment has to be in line with that legislation and the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

The position of CEO is currently filled on an acting basis, in line with the provisions of the Act. As the Deputy notes, two competitions were held for a CEO in 2018 on the basis of a five year contract. Neither competition resulted in an appointment being made. As such, I am advised that the Board has decided to make an appointment on an interim two year basis.