Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ryanair boss is people's choice to run HSE

Michael O'Leary: people's choice to run the health services Photo: Getty Images
Michael O'Leary: people's choice to run the health services Photo: Getty Images

Eilish O'Regan

OUTSPOKEN Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary is the people's favourite to run our health service -- and not the current cancer tsar Tom Keane.

Some 42pc of those polled by website said the airline boss would be their first choice.

Irish-born BBC television business guru Gerry Robinson was in second place with 19pc of the vote. But Prof Keane just received 17pc of the vote.

Around 16pc felt the post should go to someone from abroad and just 6pc preferred an internal promotion.

Health Minister Mary Harney said yesterday the selection of the next chief executive of the Health Service Executive (HSE) would be a matter for its board.

Asked if she would favour Prof Keane getting the job, she said "nobody more than me" would like him to stay and make "a contribution".

The minister was commenting after Prof Keane -- whose two-year tenure as national director of cancer control is up -- signalled he might be interested in taking the helm of the HSE when Prof Brendan Drumm steps down in August.

Ms Harney stressed that the recruitment process was independent, and that a global search for a suitable candidate would be conducted by a headhunting company.

The HSE yesterday refused to say how many people have applied for the post -- after Friday's application deadline.

Prof Keane has confirmed he had talks about it, but said he was not offered the job.

Gerry Robinson, the second-most popular choice after Mr O'Leary, has fronted two BBC series dealing with struggling companies and tried to reduce waiting lists at an English hospital for another series -- 'Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?'

Irish Independent

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