Hospital consultants move to new contracts despite ‘reservations’ of HSE boss

Paul Reid approves deals for 29 consultants despite the move being contrary to the Sláintecare ethos of public-only contracts

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
4th October, 2020
Hospital consultants move to new contracts despite ‘reservations’ of HSE boss
Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, told the Department of Health he would ‘welcome a discussion’ regarding the future of hospital consultants‘ contracts

A group of 29 public hospital consultants have been given new contracts allowing them to work in private settings despite the reservations of the HSE chief executive.

Paul Reid, the HSE boss, approved the new appointments with “some reservation” as the move runs counter to the policies of Sláintecare, the cross-party agreement to create a single-tier health system.

Writing to the the secretary general of the Department of Health, Reid said he...

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