Daly steps down as hospital group chair
THE chairman of the west and north-west hospital group, Noel Daly, has resigned following controversy over his links to a company commissioned to carry out a review of maternity services in the region.
Health Minister James Reilly confirmed last night he had been informed of Mr Daly's decision to resign.
He said Mr Daly did not want his reputation nor the reputation of the hospital group to be compromised. A spokesman for Dr Reilly said the minister shared those concerns and had accepted the resignation.
It emerged in recent weeks that Mr Daly set up the Health Partnership in 2008 before being appointed to chair the group in 2012.
Last year, the Health Partnership was asked to carry out a review of maternity services at University Hospital Galway, Merlin Park University Hospital, Sligo Regional Hospital, Letterkenny General Hospital, Mayo General Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital and Roscommon County Hospital.
When Mr Daly was made chairman of the hospital group, he resigned as chair of the Health Partnership.
He retained a 50pc share in the company, but the hospital group said he had received "no financial reward" of any kind since 2011. The hospital group said the company was chosen to carry out the review because of its considerable experience within the health sector.