SEVERAL health leaders have left the public health system and senior roles have been abolished before the move to a single Tasmanian Health Service on July 1.
Acting Tasmanian Health Organisation South chief executive Matthew Daly is the latest health boss to announce his departure, revealing on Thursday that he had accepted a private sector job in New South Wales.
His departure follows that of Tasmanian chief medical officer Craig White, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate acting director Nick Goddard, director of Public Health and chief health officer Roscoe Taylor, THO chairman Graeme Houghton and THO North chief executive John Kirwan.
Mr Daly’s THO South role will not exist much longer, as the three regional THOs will be merged into a single Tasmanian Health Service from July 1.
Health Minister Michael Ferguson confirmed yesterday that the vacated roles of chief medical officer and Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate director had been abolished, along with Roscoe Taylor’s position of chief health officer.
However, Tasmania still has a director of public health, with Mark Veitch acting in the role until a permanent replacement is found.
Recruitment has not yet begun.
Opposition health spokeswoman Rebecca White said Mr Daly’s departure left a leadership void at the top of the health system.
‘‘The loss of key leadership figures in the health system at a time of major health reform will inevitably create uncertainty about the future direction for our state’s major hospitals,’’ Ms White said.
But Mr Ferguson said it was an opportunity for renewal in the Health Department as it embarked on significant reforms.
‘‘This is an exciting time and health professionals around the country are engaging with interest and many have expressed a desire to work on the reforms,’’ Mr Ferguson said.
He said the recruitment process for a Health and Human Services Department secretary and Tasmanian Health Service chief executive had begun.
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