O'Leary is 'people's choice' for HSE

Cancer control programme director Prof Tom Keane is not most people's choice to take over from Brendan Drumm as CEO of the HSE later this year, according to our latest viewers' poll.

Instead, most people who voted in the poll felt that Michael O'Leary of Ryanair should be given the job of running our health services.

The poll results follow an indication from Prof Keane yesterday that he may be interested in the top HSE post.

We asked our readers who they thought should take over from Prof Brendan Drumm when he steps down as CEO during the summer.

Forty-two per cent felt Michael O'Leary would be the best choice for HSE CEO.

UK health guru Gerry Robinson was in second place with 19% of the vote, while Tom Keane came in third with 17% of the vote.

Sixteen per cent of those who voted felt the job should go to someone from outside the country, while only 6% felt that another HSE figure should get the top job.

Prof Keane, speaking on RTE Radio yesterday, said he would be very happy to engage in a dialogue about the position.

He said he had not been offered the job but he had had discussions about it.

The HSE CEO post was advertised before Christmas and while applications were invited, a 'head-hunting' process had also been put in place to seek potential candidates.

At this stage, Prof Keane, who is felt by many to have made a success of cancer services reorganisation over the past two years or so, is believed to be favourite for the top HSE job.

Health Minister Mary Harney has already indicated that he would be her favourite candidate to take over from Brendan Drumm.

View our recent interview with Prof Keane here



[Posted: Tue 19/01/2010]


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