Donnelly admits ‘tensions’ over Navan intervention after Reid cited ‘frustrations’ in resignation letter

Minister for Health’s comments come after the outgoing HSE chief executive said he felt constrained in seeking to improve patient quality and outcomes

Donnelly directly intervened to pause the planned reconfiguration of Our Lady’s emergency department into a 24-hour referral only medical assessment unit. Picture:

The government’s intervention into advanced plans to close the emergency department at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan caused “tensions” with the HSE, Stephen Donnelly, the Minister for Health, has said.

It comes after the Business Post reported on Sunday that Paul Reid, the outgoing HSE chief executive, cited “frustrations” in his resignation letter to the HSE board at feeling “constrained” in the executive’s ability to deliver required changes to patient quality and outcomes. Multiple senior ...