Dr Tony Holohan receives honorary scholarship for his work on pandemic by RCSI
Dr Tony Holohan received an honorary scholarship from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) for his work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Department of Health’s chief medical officer has led the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) for the past 15 months, briefing the government on the virus situation in Ireland and how to respond to it.
And the RCSI decided to recognize him for this work by awarding him the scholarship.
A statement released by the college said: “Department of Health chief medical officer Dr Holohan led the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) in providing national guidance and expert advice on the development and implementation of Ireland’s response to the pandemic.
“He has continued to work tirelessly on a wide range of major policy issues, including reform of healthcare services, patient safety and quality of healthcare, assessment of healthcare technologies, protection of health and contingency planning, Healthy Ireland, alcohol and tobacco control, bioethics and reproductive health.
RCSI President Professor Ronan O’Connell said: “I congratulate Dr Holohan on being awarded the RCSI Honorary Fellowship. Dr Holohan’s contribution to Irish healthcare predates the pandemic, but this will be his legacy. Putting public health first, Dr Holohan has been transparent from the start, providing clear information that has inspired the confidence and cohesion of a large majority of Irish people. “
Dr Holohan was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health in 2001, a post he held for eight years before being appointed Chief Medical Officer.
RCSI CEO Prof Cathal Kelly said: ‘Under Dr Holohan’s leadership, early and decisive action has been taken, putting Ireland in a stronger position to handle the first wave of the virus than our neighbors in the world. east and west.
“Since then, as we’ve been through three waves, Dr Holohan has been steadfast and consistent in putting the health of the Irish first.
“We thank him for his service to our country and the exceptional example of public service and vocation he has shown for the health leaders of tomorrow.”