Friday 19 January 2018

Hospital bosses who fail can't be sacked

Waiting lists for health treatment hit all-time high

Health Minister Simon Harris Photo: Caroline Quinn
Health Minister Simon Harris Photo: Caroline Quinn
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

HSE health managers found to be underperforming will not be dismissed or suffer a cut in salary, it was confirmed yesterday.

Health Minister Simon Harris is blaming the failures of some managers for the trolley crisis and spiralling waiting lists.

Mr Harris said that a "get tough" regime will help weed out inefficiencies.

He told angry backbenchers at a Fine Gael parliamentary meeting earlier this week that the Performance and Accountabiltity Framework would hold senior health executives to greater account.

He said that if HSE managers are not up to their job, they will be removed.

However, the Department of Health confirmed yesterday that this just means a manager will be removed from their post and ultimately resassigned to other duties. The framework also has no provision for any cut in salary.

It comes as the latest waiting-list figures show more than 630,000 public patients are on some form of waiting list.

In addition, widespread ward closures and cancellation of hospital procedures loom as as the nurses' dispute remains in stalemate.

Irish Independent

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