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HSE search for new boss on €366,880 salary begins next month


HSE chief executive Paul Reid. Photo: Frank McGrath

HSE chief executive Paul Reid. Photo: Frank McGrath

HSE chief executive Paul Reid. Photo: Frank McGrath

The search for a new chief executive of the HSE will be launched next month offering a salary of €366,880, it emerged yesterday.

It follows a decision by current HSE chief Paul Reid to step down on October 3, two months before his formal resignation date.

Mr Reid, who has built up leave, announced in June he would be quitting his job – worth €460,000 a year – in December.

When he was recruited in 2019 he negotiated a salary of €363,915 – plus an allowance of €49,127 and a benefit-in-kind of €17,298, which have since increased. His contract was until 2024.

The HSE’s current chief financial officer, Stephen Mulvany, will take over as interim HSE chief executive from October 3.

Mr Mulvany has long experience in the health service and previously managed services in the north east.

Asked when the search for a permanent HSE chief executive will get under way and what the salary will be, a spokesman for the HSE said yesterday: “The recruitment process for the position of chief executive officer is currently under way.

“The position is expected to be advertised in September and the salary will remain the same at the current level.”

The salary for chief executive – a post newly created when Mr Reid took over – has since been set under public service pay scales at €366,880. His predecessor was Tony O Brien.

It is unclear at this stage what top-up payments could be involved in a negotiated package for a new chief executive recruit.

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Mr Mulvany is currently on a salary of €184,447.

Asked if Mr Mulvany will be getting an acting up allowance, the spokesman said: “Stephen Mulvany will remain on his current salary for now. The terms and conditions of his acting chief executive role are being discussed with the Department of Health.”

In his email to staff this week, Mr Reid said he will finish on October 3 – after which “I will take a period of accrued leave”.

The HSE chairman and the board have agreed Mr Mulvany will take up the position of acting chief executive officer until the recruitment and appointment process for the chief executive has concluded.

“I will be in touch with you all again as we come closer to the handover date to Stephen. But once again I want to say that this has been a really tough decision for me to make,” Mr Reid wrote.

“I will truly miss leading the best workforce in the country.”

Earlier this summer he said he was stepping away early to spend more time with his family.

From early next year the process of dividing the HSE into six regional authorities is to begin, giving more power back to local decision-making.

Earlier yesterday Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen suggested Department of Health Secretary General Robert Watt also be put in charge of the HSE to justify his salary of nearly €300,000, which is €81,000 higher than the pay grade.

"He should be made secretary general of both organisations to end the farce of these two institutions marking one another all the time and absorbing resources competing with one another that instead should be focused on patients,” Mr Cowen said.

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