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Matt Cooper: No matter how much the new HSE boss is paid, it won’t make up for the challenges ahead

Whoever replaces Paul Reid as head of the HSE will have to try to control spending while at the same time hiring 700 consultant doctors, improving technology, solving the trolley crisis and delivering Sláintecare

Paul Reid, outgoing chief executive of the HSE: his job will be filled, but the new boss faces a mammoth task. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The job of chief executive at the HSE is simultaneously one of the best paid in the country and one of the worst to endure. The government should keep this in mind as it moves to replace the departing Paul Reid.

The money on offer will be enough to tempt many to apply, and the job will be filled. Reid took the job three and a half years ago on a salary of €370,000 after ...