The Governing Council of THO South has told the Government it no longer has confidence in Jane Holden’s ability to perform the role of acting CEO of THO South.

The Government accepts this view and accepts the Governing Council’s recommendation to remove Ms Holden from the position of acting CEO of THO South

Following the recommendation of the Governing Council, received this afternoon, the Premier has determined to appoint the current Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mr Matthew Daly, as the new acting CEO of THO South and effective head of the Royal Hobart Hospital for the next six months.

Mr Daly is Tasmania’s most senior and experienced health administrator and has worked in the health system in Australia for over 30 years, and has the necessary experience and skills to lead THO South and the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Most of Mr Daly’s career has been in teaching hospital environments, including improving patient safety in South-West Sydney Area Health Service (Camden-Campbelltown), correcting clinical activity performance in South-East Sydney Area Health Service, and delivering a financial turnaround plan in North Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service.

Mr Mike Pervan has been appointed as acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

As a result of the determination to appoint Mr Daly as Acting CEO of THO South, Ms Holden has reverted to her substantive position as CEO, Southern Tasmania Area Health Service.

For legal reasons, the Government is unable to provide further details at this time.

I can however reassure staff, patients and the broader community that despite the difficulties surrounding the Royal Hobart Hospital leadership and the redevelopment project, the Government is absolutely committed to ensuring the RHH continues to provide the highest possible standard of care.

That is why the Government has asked someone with Mr Daly’s track record to take on its leadership for the next period and to focus on turning around its performance.

There has been no change in leadership arrangements at THO North-West.

I can also confirm that several weeks ago the Board of THO South independently chose to appoint a public relations firm for the purpose of assisting it with its internal communications.

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