BREAKING: HSE Director General resigns amid Cervical Check scandal

With immediate effect

Justin Kelly

Reporter:

Justin Kelly

BREAKING: HSE Director General resigns amid Cervical Check scandal

The Director General (DG) of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, has announced his resignation this evening, Thursday, May 10.

His intention is to step down from his position with effect from close of business tomorrow, Friday, May 11.

Mr. O’Brien said that he has made his decision in order to avoid any further impact to the delivery of health and social care services, and in particular the cancer screening services that have become the focus of intense political debate in recent days.

He said, notwithstanding the clear communication failures surrounding the CervicalCheck Audits, he is confident that the Scally Review will demonstrate the quality and value of the CervicalCheck Programme once it is complete.

Mr. O’Brien said that he looks forward to engaging with the Review and that he will co-operate fully with Professor Scally and his team in this work.

Mr O’Brien said he has been proud to lead the health services and the many staff who have worked tirelessly and with great dedication to provide health and social care services in a very challenging environment.

He emphasised that he remains deeply committed to health reform in Ireland and in particular the full implementation of the Slainte Care Report. He emphasised his fullest support for Minister Harris in this regard.