Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has hailed as “extremely significant” the passing of a Sinn Féin amendment to the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2018.
The amendment will ensure that the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Service Executive will not be allowed to hold any other office or employment or carry on any business other than their function as CEO.
Teacta O’Reilly said:
“The Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill was brought forward by government to establish the HSE board, which they abolished six years ago.
“The decision to reintroduce a board to oversee the operations of the HSE was expedited by the CervicalCheck scandal, the recommendations of the Scally report, and more high-profile scandals within the health service.
“These scandals and findings were due in no small part to failures within the HSE at corporate level.
“Last night the bill went through report stage in the Dáil where Sinn Féin put forward an amendment to improve the it.
“The Sinn Féin amendment ensures that the person charged with being the Chief Executive Officer for the health service, and responsible for over 100,000 workers, should be giving the role his full attention and should not be engaged in any other work.
“Thankfully, TDs in the Dáil saw the sense in such an amendment and it was agreed unanimously to pass it, which removed the allowance for the CEO of the HSE to hold other office, employment and carry other business so long as the Board of the HSE consented to this.
“We felt this was completely inappropriate and amended the legislation, so it now reads ‘the chief executive officer shall not hold any other office or employment or carry on any business’.
“This was a great victory for good governance, for the future of our health service, and for progressive politics.”