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The Health Reforms of the 1980s and 1990s saw the implementation of a new system of public hospital management in which the positions of Matrons-in-Chief and Superintendents-in-Chief were abolished. Now a single CEO managed each hospital.

Sheila Mahony occupied the position of Nurse Manager until she retired in 1995.  There followed a period of two years where the nursing staff had no head, putting considerable pressure on the Nursing Supervisors.  

With the arrival of Dr Leo Mercer as CEO in 1997 a significant change occurred.  A Director of Nursing and Midwifery was established, reporting directly to the CEO.


Last updated 28 February 2017.