The Cabinet has discussed a memo today on changes to the Health Service Executive, which includes appointments to the HSE board.

The new CEO of the HSE was also due to be discussed.

Under the HSE Governance Bill, specific functions will be given to the new board and the CEO with a focus on performance and accountability.

The amendments will require the board to establish arrangements for managing the CEO's performance.

Additional functions will be given to the board and the CEO to strengthen the chain of accountability within the HSE and the Department of Health’s oversight of this.

There will be a change to the annual Service Plan, which will become an annual Performance Delivery Plan.

The Minister of Health’s approval of the plan will no longer be required, however, the HSE will still have to submit its draft plan to the minister and he or she may direct it to be amended.

A similar arrangement will apply to the Capital Plan.

There will also be a requirement for the minister to give a three-year Strategic Direction Statement to the HSE board, to inform the preparation of its three-year Corporate Plan.

Among the appointments to the new HSE board are Fergus Finlay, former CEO of Barnardos; Tim Hynes, Group Chief Information Officer at AIB; former GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and Prof Deirdre Madden, UCC, who will be appointed as Deputy Chair of the board.