Praise for Tony Holo­han

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – I have been a GP for 40 years and a ca­reer-long critic of the HSE in its var­i­ous man­i­fes­ta­tions but the an­nounce­ment of Dr Tony Holo­han’s step­ping back from his du­ties as chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer causes me great sad­ness, es­pe­cially un­der the cir­cum­stances that this has taken place (News, July 2nd).

Un­like many other coun­tries, the Depart­ment of Health un­der the guid­ance of its chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer has been de­ci­sive and in­formed in its re­sponse to the Covid-19 pan­demic cri­sis.

De­spite the tragic deaths that have oc­curred, it is cer­tain that many more would have per­ished were it not for the early and firm con­trol mech­a­nisms that were put it place.

I am sure I am not alone in say­ing that my thoughts are with Dr Holo­han and his fam­ily. – Yours, etc,

Dr CONOR O’HANLON, Dalkey,

Co Dublin.

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