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O’Brien announced as new permanent secretary

It has been announced that Una O’Brien has been appointed as the new permanent secretary at the Department of Health. O’Brien, who is currently the director general, policy and strategy at the Department, was chosen following a national open competition.



[quote top=Commenting on her new role, she said]I’m very proud to have been asked to lead a Department with such a fine record and great people. Health is an issue that touches the lives of every person in this country, and I look forward to playing my part in guiding the Department through the changes and challenges ahead.[/quote]

Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell added: "I am delighted that Una has been appointed. She has considerable Whitehall and health service experience, which will be vital in helping the Department deliver on the reforms for the health and social care system, and leading the Department through the challenges ahead.”

Her appointment follows Sir Hugh Taylor’s retirement from the Department in July 2010. O’Brien will take up her post at the end of October.