Reid’s departure means decisions are required that will significantly shape HSE’s development

28/06/2022 22:06:00

Reid’s departure means decisions are required that will significantly shape HSE’s development

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Reid’s departure means decisions are required that will significantly shape HSE’s development

Covid has helped to develop the field of contenders for top job but next chief executive will have to operate in a much changed post pandemic environment

The announcement that Paul Reid will be departing his role as chief executive at the HSE presents a number of challenges for those who must find a successor and chart a way forward for an organisation that will be expected to deliver promised improvements on several fronts. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Tue Jun 28 2022 - 20:02As the dust settles on Paul Reid’s decision to quit the HSE at the end of this year, minds are already turning to the future of the organisation - and who will lead it.It’s a delicate task, not least because of the pandemic and its aftermath.

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His departure is perfect because now they can put someone in who will tear the HSE down from the inside and rebuild it with new staff contracts and brain washin… I mean… training. It's a shame Anne O'Connor won't get her chance as CEO 😭 according to the article she would have been the favourite to replace Reid. I had always hoped she would as she would have been excellent

I think there’s a burger flipper that works in McDonald’s on Kylemore that’s looking for a new job. He’d be well qualified.. and by qualified I mean he wouldn’t have a hope, so just like Reid the Rat he’d be perfect for the job. What’s the difference between Paul Reid and a picture of Paul Reid? Answer: The picture is “Fully Developed” 🥳

He softened the grip and squandered hundreds of millions The reality is cronyism got him the job and he was out of his depth. The health and lives of the population were put at huge risk for an overpaid who you know merchant.

Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a 'heavy heart' | JOE.iePaul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a 'heavy heart' Hes made his fortune Heavy Wallet he means Thank god

Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a 'heavy heart' | JOE.ieReid, who was a pivotal figure during Ireland's response to Covid-19, has agreed to relinquish his post in December

Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a 'heavy heart' | JOE.ieReid noted that his decision to leave his job was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family Id love to be able to do that

Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a 'heavy heart' | JOE.ie'It has been truly rewarding leading an organisation whose staff come to work every day to make people’s lives better' 'an organisation whose staff come to work every day to make people’s lives better' That's not the experience I've had with those staff trying to get my son assessed for autism over the past 4 years. They couldn't even spell empathy.

Paul Reid’s HSE exit the latest notable departure in wake of pandemicReports of fractious relationship with Minister for Health and Covid-19 fatigue likely factors in decision The latest “welcomed” departure, you mean. A useless brainless person with zero qualifications did absolutely nothing for years.Irelands Public service in a nutshell.

Patient outcomes key consideration in Navan ED decision, says TaoiseachTaoiseach says he is satisfied there is no connection between Paul Reid’s departure as HSE chief executive and row over reconfiguration of Navan ED So the polititians make this determination and not the health experts? That’s why we have the health system we have.

Expand The announcement that Paul Reid will be departing his role as chief executive at the HSE presents a number of challenges for those who must find a successor and chart a way forward for an organisation that will be expected to deliver promised improvements on several fronts.Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a "heavy heart" 6 Dave Hanratty Reid said it is"the hardest decision he had ever made" during his career.Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a "heavy heart" 6 Dave Hanratty Reid said it is"the hardest decision he had ever made" during his career.Paul Reid announces decision to step down as HSE boss with a "heavy heart" 17 Dave Hanratty Reid said it is"the hardest decision he had ever made" during his career.

Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times. Tue Jun 28 2022 - 20:02 As the dust settles on Paul Reid’s decision to quit the HSE at the end of this year, minds are already turning to the future of the organisation - and who will lead it. Advertisement In a statement issued on Monday morning (27 June), Reid said that he made the call"with a heavy heart" and that it represents"the hardest decision he had ever made in relation to his career". It’s a delicate task, not least because of the pandemic and its aftermath. READ MORE Reid, who was a pivotal figure during Ireland's response to Covid-19, has agreed to relinquish his post in December, allowing for the advancement of a process to determine a successor. Reid came into the job talking about improving the “financial grip” of the organisation, axing the number of managers, and even voluntary redundancy packages - but also about improving morale. Reid has said he has"no immediate career plans" in terms of any follow-up role. Headcount and budgets have since grown. "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," said Reid.

Costs took a back seat as, in the words of one healthcare veteran, money “flowed in like water”."It has been truly rewarding leading an organisation whose staff come to work every day to make people’s lives better."It has been truly rewarding leading an organisation whose staff come to work every day to make people’s lives better. It also had the effect of galvanising the HSE: the emergency overrode inertia built into its culture, raising morale as the public rallied to support frontline workers. The next chief executive will have a markedly different set of challenges to Reid. This has been truly inspirational for me to experience. For one, the financial tides are changing." Advertisement Reid noted that his decision to leave his job was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family –"who had made many sacrifices to support him" – and a belief that the HSE is entering a new phase and thus fresh leadership is required. Reid wrote to managers last week outlining “very real pressure” on government finances and “significant competing demands” for funding. READ MORE "It is with very great regret that I and the Board have heard of Paul’s decision," said HSE Chairman Ciarán Devane. READ MORE "It is with very great regret that I and the Board have heard of Paul’s decision," said HSE Chairman Ciarán Devane.

The single, existential challenge of the pandemic has been replaced by the drumbeat of turf wars, scandals and controversies that are the stock in trade of healthcare politics in Ireland. The next CEO must steel themselves for this, and a diet of adversarial media and Oireachtas engagements that go with it - not to mention carving a path for Sláintecare reforms like regionalisation, which will face resistance in the centralised HSE. 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. 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. “Power doesn’t let go of power easily,” remarked one HSE source this week. Reid was hired as a reformer, but also because he had experience of how “the system” works, as a senior civil servant and in a local authority.ie Advertisement WATCH: Elvis director Baz Luhrmann compares his new star Austin Butler to when he directed Leo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet. There is nothing to suggest that calculus has changed, which may count against a swashbuckling hire from the private sector.

Anne O’Connor, the departing chief operating officer, would have been favourite - but having missed out when Reid was appointed, she is now gone.. A shortlist of HSE staff might include Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, but it is some time since a medic led the health service. Chief financial officer Stephen Mulvaney, chief strategy officer Dean Sullivan and Covid chief Damien McCallion could all feature as might Prof Mary Day, the incoming head of acute hospitals, or Liam Woods, the man she is replacing (he is heading up regionalisation). But sources believe there is no standout internal candidate. Bernard Gloster, the head of Tusla, is a former HSE executive who has experience leading a statutory agency and he, or someone with a similar CV, could prevail.

Pay is another vexed issue. Reid’s salary (topping out at €420,000 in 2020) along with that of Robert Watt, proved a lightning rod for criticism and scrutiny. The search for a replacement for Reid comes amid a charged debate about public pay, and an application will have to be made to the Department of Public Expenditure soon, sources believe, if a lengthy appointment process is to be completed by the time he leaves in December. Cutting the salary for the role would suggest Reid was overpaid; keeping it invites a first set of negative headlines for the new boss. There’s no easy option - but the opposition is guarded, suggesting nobody wants to be held responsible for a process that misfires or is seen to attract a less than top level candidate.

Sinn Féin’s health spokesman David Cullinane says pay should be “looked at” and not increased, but that attracting someone able for the challenge is important. Róisín Shortall, the Social Democrats co-leader, says there is a case for benchmarking it to other health services but the “priority must be to recruit a person who has the capacity and expertise to take on this exceptionally challenging role”. .