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Process under way to fill Group CEO posts

12 Sep 2014

Dr James Reilly

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has approved an increase in the salary for Hospital Group chief executives to €140,000.

A process is currently under way in the HSE to identify suitable appointees to the remaining Group CEO vacancies and this process is expected to be completed before the end of September.

There are two Group Hospital CEOs in position — Bill Maher, for West/North West, and Eilish Hardiman, for the Children’s Hospital Group. Gerry O’Dwyer is interim CEO in South/South West, while Noreen Spillane is Acting CEO at UL Hospital Group. Anne Doherty was due to step down from the UL Group post on September 7. She had been on leave and signed an order delegating responsibility to Spillane to cover the period up to her resignation.

Group CEOs are renumerated at CEO National Banding 2.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Department of Health regards the planned “purchaser/provider split” in health, which would involve new structures, as “an unworkable construct”, briefing notes provided to Minister Leo Varadkar show.

A key element of the plan would see the dissolution of the HSE and the establishment of a new structure to deliver a purchaser/ provider split. The Department believes a “more coherent approach” is needed.

Legislation for the disestablishment of the HSE has completed all stages in the Dáil and Seanad and will commence in January 2015.

All group chairpersons and the chair of the Strategic Advisory Group on hospital Groups are in place, while the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) was established (on an administrative basis) in January.

However, if policy documents agreed under former Minister Dr James Reilly were implemented, it would lead to a wide range of new statutory organisations. The Department warned that, in its view, this would be an unworkable construct.

12 September 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times