HSE hires retired staff for consultancy work
SIX retired Health Service Executive (HSE) employees, who are receiving full pensions, have now returned to carry out consultancy work.
The work is worth over €20,000 a year in some cases.
One of the retired workers is Pat Harney, former chief executive of the north-western health board, who received severance of €255,526 and an annual pension of more than €64,000.
He is currently receiving €20,520 a year from the Department of Health for chairing the Health Sector Implementation Body, which aims to achieve efficiency improvements in the health sector.
The other five are being paid by the HSE to provide consultancy services in the west and north-east.
The HSE yesterday refused to name the five retirees, citing a potential breach of the Data Protection Act. One ex-member of staff is hired by the HSE West to bring "strategic and operational expertise" to the development and operation of a nursing home in Sligo.
Another has returned to chair a dental enquiry review for Mayo community services and another is involved in an examination of a case of a child in care. Another retiree is working as an engineer with "specialist engineering knowledge" in the Louth Meath Hospital Group.
Two more are looking at laboratory procedures for the Louth Meath Hospital Group, covering hospitals in Dundalk, Drogheda and Louth, according to Health Minister Dr James Reilly in a parliamentary reply to the Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
Meanwhile, a cabinet minister last night ruled out the country's former top civil servant Dermot McCarthy being appointed to another role by the Government.
Mr McCarthy has been linked with the vacant post of Ambassador to the Vatican.