Sunday 30 April 2017

Time to end kid-glove treatment for failing managers in the HSE - what we need is genuine accountability

Health Minister Simon Harris had said he would sack underperforming managers in the HSE – but it was later confirmed that such officials would not be fired. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Health Minister Simon Harris had said he would sack underperforming managers in the HSE – but it was later confirmed that such officials would not be fired. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eddie Molloy

The recent announcement of a new performance management and accountability system for HSE managers is designed to reassure the public that the HSE and Health Minister Simon Harris are determined to deal with recurring, serious failings in our hospitals and community social services.

Mr Harris talked tough, saying he would go after underperforming managers and have them removed from their roles.

The main trigger for this new accountability framework was the admission by the HSE, nearly two years after the report into infant deaths in Portlaoise Hospital severely criticised several layers of management, that it did not have either the supporting legislation or HR procedures to hold managers accountable.

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