Paul Reid’s HSE exit the latest notable departure in wake of pandemic

28/06/2022 03:38:00

Paul Reid’s HSE exit the latest notable departure in wake of pandemic

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Paul Reid’s HSE exit the latest notable departure in wake of pandemic

Reports of fractious relationship with Minister for Health and Covid-19 fatigue likely factors in decision

Paul Reid is the latest in an exodus from top ranks of the healthcare system that has gathered pace as Covid-19 recedes.ByJack Horgan-JonesTue Jun 28 2022 - 01:33Last Thursday, senior personnel gathered in the HSE’s boardroom to pay tribute to departing chief operating officer Anne O’Connor

Over tea and coffee, the salutes to O’Connor — who sought the chief executive’s job in 2018 — were led by the successful applicant for the role, Paul Reid. At that time, Reid was the only one in the room who knew he too would be leaving — joining an exodus from the top ranks of the healthcare system that has gathered pace as Covid-19 recedes.

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The latest “welcomed” departure, you mean. A useless brainless person with zero qualifications did absolutely nothing for years.Irelands Public service in a nutshell.

Paul Reid: HSE chief to step down from his position at end of the year HSE chief Paul Reid will step down from his position at the end of the year.

HSE Chief Paul Reid to step down from role | Newstalk HSE Chief Paul Reid is step down from his role later this year. Sweet Jesus And is everything now fixed,are waiting lists down,the childrens hospital built and we are prepared for the next pandemic surge coming into winter -0h good, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Fair play to him. Singlehandedly fixed the health service crisis in Ireland. Saved the country millions and is leaving a wonderful legacy behind… oh no wait. Sham

Paul Reid to step down as HSE chief in DecemberChief executive tells Minister and staff he is ‘making the decision with a heavy heart’ It's some racket. What NGO is taking him?

Paul Reid to quit as HSE boss in DecemberReid said he believes the HSE is entering a new phase and that the appointment of a new leader is now timely. “With a heavy wallet… Iv decided to step down”

HSE chief executive Paul Reid stepping down HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has announced that he will be stepping down from his position later this year. about time For another plush role with a massive pension poor little lad

Expand Paul Reid is the latest in an exodus from top ranks of the healthcare system that has gathered pace as Covid-19 recedes.I n a statement today it emerged he has advised the chairman, the board of the HSE and the Minister for Health of his decision.The health service chief executive said he was leaving the role “with a heavy heart”, adding that he wants to spend more time with his family.Chief executive tells Minister and board he is ‘making the decision with a heavy heart’ Expand HSE chief executive Paul Reid.

By Jack Horgan-Jones Tue Jun 28 2022 - 01:33 Last Thursday, senior personnel gathered in the HSE’s boardroom to pay tribute to departing chief operating officer Anne O’Connor Over tea and coffee, the salutes to O’Connor — who sought the chief executive’s job in 2018 — were led by the successful applicant for the role, Paul Reid. At that time, Reid was the only one in the room who knew he too would be leaving — joining an exodus from the top ranks of the healthcare system that has gathered pace as Covid-19 recedes. He said today that he has no immediate career plans. Reid’s departure landed with little warning.” It's with a heavy heart that I've advised the Chairman of and the Minister for Health that I will step down as CEO later this year. Over the weekend, a small number of HSE officials were briefed, and chairman Ciarán Devane was told late on Sunday afternoon, after Reid appeared on RTÉ's This Week programme — addressing a contentious plan to close the emergency department at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan due to long-standing concerns about patient safety. Read More Nurses call for return to indoor mask wearing as Covid-19 cases surge “Having previously worked in the private, not for profit, central and local government sectors, working in the HSE has been by far the greatest period in my career. On Monday, Reid told Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. “No organisation will ever match the commitment, dedication and relentless willingness to go beyond the call of duty that I have witnessed as we battled multiple waves of Covid, a criminal cyber attack while driving a significant reform agenda.

Word began to filter out of a meeting of the HSE’s top brass but managers only got short notice. “No organisation will ever match the commitment, dedication and relentless willingness to go beyond the call of duty that I have witnessed as we battled multiple waves of Covid, a criminal cyber attack while driving a significant reform agenda. He will stay on in the role until December, to allow for time to find his successor. “I heard about five seconds before his staff circular,” one said. The suddenness of Reid’s announcement raised eyebrows. Mr Reid said his decision was influenced by two key factors. There is speculation it is related to his RTÉ interview, perceived as critical of Donnelly, which prompted a statement from the Minister. Sources briefed on Reid’s thinking are steadfast that it played no role in his decision, but relations are bad: there were a series of fractious engagements, including between Reid and Donnelly, during Zoom calls last week. Paying tribute to Mr Reid the chairman of the HSE Mr Ciarán Devane said: “It is with very great regret that I and the Board have heard of Paul’s decision.  We are very grateful that he will stay in his role for a further period to allow us progress the extremely difficult task of replacing him.

Reid understandably wants to spend more time with his family, particularly his young granddaughter, who lives in Texas. It is also the case that he had a torrid pandemic. “We all aged five years in two years,” said one senior HSE source. His stewardship of the health service during Covid earned praise, while his direct management style gained admirers in the HSE, where the culture has been marked by “an awful lot of waffle”, according to one manager. “You’d be in no doubt as to where you stood [with Reid] and that’s a real positive.

You mightn’t like where you stood, but you knew.” But his term also featured clashes with chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, while his high media profile irked the Department of Health. At one point, Donnelly intervened, suggesting he should feature less frequently, but Reid continued front and centre. Reid’s salary, more than €420,000 in 2020, was also a bone of contention. His role must now be filled, and there will be questions over wages, which must be approved at a time when lavish public pay packets are toxic.

Post-pandemic, the normal diet of crises, controversies and firefighting has resumed — from the Navan row to prescribing practices in South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, teeming waiting lists to overcrowded hospitals and the reorganisation mandated by Sláintecare. The economic picture makes the return of pitched funding battles likely. HSE veterans recognise a change in the tides. “We were rogues before, we were heroes for a brief moment, and we’ll be rogues again,” confided one. Sources in Government, while acknowledging the impact of the pandemic, gripe that long-standing issues persist.

Waiting lists will continue to be a political weak point, although targets are expected to be hit. Insiders believe the real vulnerability is emergency departments. With hospitals “staggeringly” busy, pressure is expected from within the political system, where there are also misgivings over how the HSE has handled the Navan controversy. Not backing down Closing services are always politically volatile, but the Government also fears the impact on Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda which will receive emergency patients instead of Navan. Senior medics in Drogheda, who fear risks in Navan are simply being transferred, met Donnelly and highlighted their concerns in a letter after he requested a written note.

But the HSE is not backing down. In a statement it said it has been planning for the reconfiguration through “established governance” structures and that 80 additional beds have been created in Drogheda, with an increase in ICU and more acute medical beds planned. “It is now necessary that patients who are unstable or seriously ill are brought to the right hospital, first time, rather than to a hospital that cannot provide them with the urgent care they need, risking poor outcomes for these patients,” it said. HSE sources are frustrated, arguing concerns about Navan existed for years, unaddressed by politicians and the concerns of the Drogheda medics will be handled. “This is not a political game,” says one senior source.

A second said the issue “left a very poor taste”. The Government has the nuclear option of forcing the HSE to stop, while Reid has indicated to colleagues he will not take a backward step on Navan and in the outgoing chief executive, the Government is facing off against someone with little to lose. .