Sunday February 23, 2020

Keep public health system for public patients, says HSE boss

Chief executive Paul Reid believes private care should be separate

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

9th February, 2020
Paul Reid, director general of the HSE: “We are often compared to the NHS and other service providers, but we actually have a very different history for many reasons.” Picture: Fergal Phillips

The public health system should be used for public care, and private care should be kept within private organisations, according to the chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid.

Speaking at the 16th National Health Summit in Croke Park, run by Business Post Events, Reid was asked whether he would end the two-tier health system where private care is catered for in the public health system

“Ultimately it is a policy decision,” Reid...

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