Wednesday 24 January 2018

HSE will cease to exist in 2014, boss Cathal Magee steps down

Michael Brennan and Eilish O'Regan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny today denied that Health Service Executive boss Cathal Magee was "shoved out" by the Government.

His comments came as Health Minister James Reilly confirmed his plans to abandon the HSE model which will cease to exist in 2014.

Dr Reilly said the changes will improve patient care while a Director General and six new Directorates will run the health service.

HSE chief executive Mr Magee was on a €322,000-a-year contract which was due to run until 2015.

Mr Kenny said Mr Magee had been in discussions about changing the structures of the HSE - and had decided to depart.

He denied a claim by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin that Mr Magee had been "shoved out".

"The answer is in the negative," he said.

Mr Magee's resignation comes in advance of a top tier overhaul of the State body by Health Minister James Reilly.

The proposed HSE changes are contained in new legislation which was outlined by Dr Reilly today.

The shake-up in senior management will see the abolition of existing posts held by 11 senior officials, including that of chief executive.

Mr Magee would have been free to apply for one of the new posts but his departure has been mooted for some time.

All of the officials will be entitled to redeployment elsewhere in the public service on the same pay levels they currently enjoy – even if their responsibilities are changed.

The majority of the existing executive team hold permanent and pensionable positions.

Three of others are on fixed term contracts.

Mr Magee is waiving his rights to compensation for the remain three years of his contract.

He told RTE News today that if the changes in govenance were not being introduced he would be happy to stay on.

"The role of a director general is very different to that of a chief executive," he said.

Minister of State at the Department of Health Roisín Shortall today expressed regret to learn from media reports that Mr Magee.

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