Tuesday 17 October 2017

HSE was 'in the dark' about former hospital chief's €575,000 package

Nicholas Jermyn Picture: Tom Burke
Nicholas Jermyn Picture: Tom Burke
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The HSE was not consulted about a termination payment of €575,000 to Nicholas Jermyn, the former group chief executive of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group.

He got the payment of a €200,000 lump sum and €375,000 towards his occupational pensions after his post of chief executive of St Vincent's public and private hospitals, as well as St Michael's Hospital Dún Laoghaire, was ended because it was in breach of public pay policy. The group said it came from commercial income, not public funds.

The HSE said he had already taken early retirement as chief executive of St Vincent's public hospital two months earlier in 2014.

Mr Jermyn got a separate statutory lump sum and pension for that post.

He was not obliged to tell the HSE about the settlement from St Vincent's Private Healthcare Group because he was no longer a public employee.

St Vincent's Private Healthcare Group is controlled by the Sisters of Charity, one of the religious orders which owed €3m to the redress board for victims of institutional abuse at the end of 2015.

After his termination as group chief executive, Mr Jermyn was re-employed by the private group as director of strategy, a post he will hold until 2020.

Irish Independent

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