HSE chief Paul Reid is set to step down from his position in early October – two months ahead of his official retirement date.
r Reid said today he will be leaving on October 3, after announcing in June he was quitting his €420,000 job in December.
He was on a five-year contract that was due to run until 2024, but in a surprise move earlier this summer he announced he would be reducing his tenure.
His place will be taken over on an interim basis by HSE Chief Financial Officer Stephen Mulvany while the search for a successor begins.
Mr Reid will leave before the HSE hits one of its harshest winters amid another inevitable surge in Covid and the threat of a winter flu outbreak.
In a Twitter post today, he said he has built up annual leave which allows him to get off earlier.
In a message to staff, he said: “I will be in touch with you all again as we get closer to the Stephen handover date.”
“But again, I want to say that this was a really difficult decision for me. I will truly miss managing the best workforce in the country.”
However, his successor will lose their power as it is due to be delegated to six regional authorities by 2024.
Mr Reid told staff earlier this summer he could not have worked at such high pressures without the support of his wife Margaret and family.
“You’ve made a lot of sacrifices along the way to support me,” he said.
“Now I want to give some time back and enjoy some space with our little granddaughter.”
His departure follows the departure of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan in June and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn last spring.
HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O’Connor also left HSE earlier this summer.
Mr Mulvany has many years of healthcare experience having previously managed services in the North East.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/hse-chief-paul-reid-to-step-down-in-early-october-two-months-before-his-planned-resignation-date-41915463.html HSE chief Paul Reid is stepping down in early October – two months ahead of his planned resignation date