The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Angela Fitzgerald joins the organisation with 27 years’ experience in the health and social care sector, having previously served as deputy national director for Acute Operations in the Health Service Executive.

She was also regional director for Performance and Integration for Dublin North East, and deputy chief executive of St James’ Hospital.

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Fitzgerald has been appointed to the role by the Board of HIQA following an open competition.  

HIQA Chairperson, Professor Pat O’Mahony, said: “We welcome Angela to HIQA and the knowledge, experience and insight she brings to the role and to the organisation. The Board and management will fully support Angela in her new role and we look forward to working with her to ensure HIQA’s independent voice is maintained and has a substantial impact on delivering health and social care services in the public interest.”

Commenting on her new role, Fitzgerald, said: “I am delighted to be appointed as HIQA CEO and look forward to building on the work of my predecessors in the role. In particular, I look forward to building on the excellent work currently underway within HIQA and developing new areas of work and responsibilities. I have a passion and a deep commitment to delivering high-quality safe care for patients and people using health and social care services and to continuously strive to listen, respond and drive improvement.

“I look forward to working with all HIQA’s stakeholders to improve health and social care services, and progress reform in these services, for the benefit of all.”

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