New Legislation Will Restructure HSE By 2014

Under planned new legislation published today the Health Service Executive will cease to be in 2014.

The Health Service Executive Governance Bill 2012 provides for a Director General and six Directorates, covering areas such as hospitals, primary care and public health.

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly said the changes will improve patient care and make the system more accountable.

He said that current HSE Chief Executive Cathal Magee wrote to the Department of Health on Friday indicating his intention to step down.

Mr Magee was appointed in September 2010 for a five-year term and has waived his right to compensation for his remaining three years.

Dr Reilly said Mr Magee had not resigned and will be leaving during the transition period.

The changes come at a crucial time for the HSE, with a budget overrun of €280m and a projected overrun of €500m by the end of the year.

The Programme for Government promised to abolish the HSE and replace it with new structures.


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