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Chairman of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust to leave

10th October 2012

Pat McCartan CBE, Chairman, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, has announced he is to leave the organisation at the end of December.

Making the announcement Pat McCartan said, ‘This is not a decision I took lightly. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is a world-class organisation and there is never a good time to go. However, having been Chairman for six years, I feel now is the right time. I want to pay tribute to the Trust Board and non- executive directors for their dedication and professionalism; and to the 20,000-strong staff of Belfast Trust for their commitment, hard work, and enthusiasm. I wish them well for the future.’

Worked for Public Section

Mr McCartan has worked for the public sector most of his working life; most recently, as Chairman of former North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust. He has been Chairman of Belfast Trust since 2006.

Under Pat McCartan’s Chairmanship of Belfast Trust he oversaw the creation of the billion-pound organisation which has delivered health and social care to 340,000 citizens of Belfast, and a regional population of 1.8million people, on budget every year since 2007.

Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive, Belfast Trust said, ‘Pat has been a tremendous asset to this organisation and has worked diligently to ensure our patients and clients have received the best possible care. Immensely proud of the staff of Belfast Trust, Pat’s steadfast belief in their ability and his strong leadership has carried the organisation to its great achievements and through its challenges. We are all deeply indebted to him.’

Thanking Mr McCartan, Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, said, ‘Pat McCartan has been chairman of the Belfast Trust since its creation and, through his vision, dedication and leadership he has faced and dealt with many challenges and has played a crucial role in helping the Trust deliver health and social care to over 300,000 people. He leaves with my gratitude and best wishes for the future. ’