A former chairman of the HSE West Regional Health Forum has claimed the boss of the Saolta hospital group treated the body with contempt for the past five years.
Fine Gael Councillor Padraig Conneely used his final meeting sitting on the forum before his retirement from local politics to liken the hospital group – which runs the three Galway public hospitals – to a ship aground on rocks.
He told a meeting this week that the CEO of Saolta University Health Care Group, Maurice Power, had not been seen ‘for weeks and weeks’ since he launched a High Court action in a bid to prevent the HSE from removing him from his role.
“The man is being paid by you and me €160,000…no other chair can be appointed to head up an organisation with 10,000 staff and a budget of €800 million,” he said.
He claimed that Mr Power had only attended the forum once in five years whereas previous CEOs had attended every meeting. He had repeatedly written to the management team asking Mr Power to attend but had been ignored.
“This man has treated this forum with contempt in the last five years. It’s not good enough for the public interest.”
Chief Operating Officer for Saolta said every meeting of the regional health forum had been attended by a senior executive who answered questions from elected representatives.
Lawyers for Mr Power who lives in Moycullen, are seeking an injunction preventing the HSE from terminating his employment as the group’s CEO and an order that nobody can be appointed to the position pending the full outcome of the case.
The HSE argued that Mr Power does not have a contract of indefinite duration for the position of the group’s CEO, as he has claimed.
It claims his employment has not been terminated and that he will return to the role of Chief Financial Officer which he previously held before taking up the reins as interim CEO.
When the HSE began a process of recruiting a CEO for the group, Mr Power applied for the job. He was called to a preliminary interview but was not invited to the second round of interviews.
He has appealed the decision not to include him in the second round and has lodged a claim with the Workplace Relations Commission.
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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
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