Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hiqa director quits post with nursing home investment firm

A director of the nursing homes regulatory body has resigned from her role at a company that is trying to buy nursing homes.

Anne Carrigy, who is on the board of the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), was appointed a director of Seneca Healthcare last year. The company is hoping to break into the lucrative nursing home market by investing in new and existing facilities but it is understood it has not yet acquired any nursing homes.

Ms Carrigy, a nursing consultant, resigned from her unpaid post at Seneca last Tuesday in what a Hiqa spokesman said was a decision "that was linked to her role as a board member of Hiqa". Her profile was removed from the company's website last Friday afternoon at her request.

A Hiqa spokesman said Ms Carrigy had declared her appointment in her declaration of interests for 2017, which all Hiqa board members are required to do. She had also "formally informed" the chairman of Hiqa Brian McEnery at the time of her appointment. The spokesman added that all potential or actual conflicts are assessed through the board members' declaration of interests.

"At the start of every board meeting and sub-committee meetings, the chairperson asks if there are any potential conflicts of interest and if there is that board member absents themselves," he said. Decisions on nursing homes are made by the chief inspector, independent of the board of Hiqa, he added.

Seneca, which was founded by entrepreneurs Adam and Barry Kemp, lists former Fianna Fail health minister Mary Coughlan as a director and US millionaire Dan Pena as chairman.

Sunday Independent

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