Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly TD has questioned why the post of Director General of the HSE has not yet been advertised for recruitment.

“It has been publicly known since March that the Director General of the HSE would be leaving in July. It seems that the Minister for Health has known since last June of his departure as that’s when approval was given for Tony O’Brien’s extracurricular activities and it was given on the basis that he would be leaving the HSE.

“The 2013 Health Service Executive (Governance) Act says that the Director General that succeeds the first one (Tony O’Brien) shall be recruited in accordance with the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004.

“Yet with just two months until he leaves there appears to be no public recruitment campaign underway. Even if it starts today it is highly unlikely that there could be a successor in place ready to take over the day after Mr O’Brien departs.

“After the events of the last week it is ever clearer that the HSE needs strong leadership and a new direction. Yet as with so much else in the health service there is no sense of urgency in putting that in place. Eleven months after the Sláintecare report was published the Minister for Health has yet to bring an implementation plan to Cabinet.

“As with so many other areas, despite all the commitments made, we are just not seeing the delivery.”