Government hit hard as Slaintecare is hit by another resignation


There was another setback for Slaintecare on Thursday when Professor Anthony O’Connor became the third senior official to leave the Implementation Advisory Board.

He is believed to have resigned due to governance issues within the organization, but Professor O’Connor said he did not want to comment publicly.

Professor O’Connor, clinical manager of the gastroenterology department at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin, sent a letter of resignation to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly in recent days.

The Cork native had previously expressed his frustration on Twitter over the resignations of President Professor Tom Keane and Executive Director Laura Magahy.

Committee members have expressed great frustration in recent weeks at the slowness and progress of reform implementation within Slaintecare.

Professor O’Connor’s resignation comes just over three weeks after Professor Tom Keane and Ms Magahy resigned on September 8.

Professor Anthony O’Connor

The president said he resigned because he “came to the conclusion that the conditions necessary for the implementation of this unprecedented program of change are seriously lacking”.

Professor Keane also praised Ms. Magahy’s “selfless leadership, commitment and incredibly hard work”.

He was appointed President to his position as President in June 2019 and she became Executive Director in July 2018.

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