The new head of the Rotunda maternity clinic is a private practice partner of the retiring master


THE new master of Rotunda Hospital is to be Professor Sean Daly, a private practice partner of Professor Fergal Malone who currently holds the position.

Professor Malone sat on the panel that helped select Professor Daly as his successor, the Irish Independent has learned.

Professor Daly, who has over three decades of obstetrics experience and is a former Master of the Coombe, is now to be appointed the new Master of the Rotunda, following the approval of the hospital board. He was interviewed for the position last week.

Professor Daly’s appointment is understood to be the first time a former Master’s at one hospital has been appointed for a further term as Master’s at a second hospital.

Dublin maternity hospitals do not allow former masters to run again for the role in the same hospital, although some former masters have applied for the top position in other establishments.

Professor Daly and Professor Malone are also both part of a number of consultants at Evie’s private maternity hospital in Sandyford.

Professor Malone was part of the 13-strong panel that selected Professor Daly as the new Master of the Rotunda. It is understood that Professor Malone’s private practice venture was explained prior to the interviews.

The Rotunda said all of their appointments follow public service guidelines, which “ensure potential conflicts of interest are appropriately declared, risk-assessed and managed.”

There was also some unrest among obstetricians over the decision to appoint another man as the new head of Rotunda Hospital ahead of two female candidates. It has never had a female master.

The interview panel charged with selecting the new director of Ireland’s oldest maternity hospital consisted of ten men and three women.

Only two women have been appointed to run Irish maternity hospitals. The first was dr. Rhona Mahony who was appointed Master of the Holles St in 2012. Later that same year, Dr. Sharon Sheehan named Master of the Coombe.

A spokeswoman, who handles media inquiries for both the Rotunda and Professor Malone, said: “Recruitment in the Rotunda is governed by the provisions of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 and is regulated by the Commission on Public Service Appointments (CPSA).

“All appointments are subject to the codes of conduct published by the CPSA, to which Rotunda’s recruitment policy adheres. In addition, the process of selecting and recruiting the master is also governed by the Constitution of the Rotunda, which is a royal charter that sets out the requirements for suitability for this role.

“Adhering to Public Service Policies ensures that potential conflicts of interest are properly declared, risks are assessed and managed.” The new head of the Rotunda maternity clinic is a private practice partner of the retiring master

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