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Significant senior management staffing deficits revealed at Beaumont Hospital

Mr Ian Carter, who is also CEO of the RCSI Hospitals Group, was appointed as interim CEO at Beaumont Hospital in June, arising from the early retirement of the hospital’s previous CEO, Mr Liam Duffy.

This appointment was made on foot of pressure from the HSE, which doubted that a recruitment campaign for the salary of €121,000 would be successful. 

The Executive also had concerns about the performance of Beaumont.

Mr Carter is fulfilling the Beaumont role for no extra pay. According to the health sector’s consolidated pay scale document, Hospital Group CEOs earn €142,000 per annum.

Beaumont Hospital’s board was reluctant to accept the interim appointment, citing the fact that Mr Carter was CEO of the Hospital Group that includes Beaumont, which raised clear conflict of interest issues, it said.

Last May, the board’s Chairperson Ms Ann Fitzgerald informed the Department of the possibility of board resignations.

Last week, a Beaumont Hospital spokesperson told MI that Mr Carter will continue as hospital CEO until September 2017, subject to a review at that time.

The hospital board and HSE had engaged in “extensive” communications to resolve the situation, he said.

“The board of Beaumont has indicated that the outcome of that process had been positive and the board has no plans to advertise for the post of CEO.

“In fulfilling his functions as Beaumont CEO, Mr Carter is directly accountable to the board and attends board meetings.  The relationship between Beaumont Hospital and the HSE is managed under the service level agreement with the hospital. 

“It was agreed that at least 60 per cent of Mr Carter’s time would be available to Beaumont, however it is recognised that this commitment could vary from week-to-week, based on priorities on both sides.”

There had been no resignations from the board arising from the appointment of the interim CEO, the Beaumont spokesperson added.

The vacant post of COO, meanwhile, will be advertised in the New Year.

Beaumont Hospital employs around 3,000 staff and is the national referral centre for neurosurgery and neurology, renal transplantation and cochlear implantation.

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