The CEO of the HSE has announced his intention to resign from his highly paid position.
In a Twitter post made today Paul Reid said that he had “advised the Chairman” of the HSE of his intention to relinquish his post “later this year”, saying he wanted to “spend some time with my family”.
RTÉ reported that Reid was “making the decision with a heavy heart, and that it was the hardest decision he had ever made in relation to his own career.”
Reid oversaw the HSE’s ‘vaccine portal’, which was put in place during the early stages of the pandemic to ensure medical staff had priority access to covid vaccines. However no security system was put in place to oversee the scheme. An investigation of the reported numbers of vaccines acquired through the scheme by Gript Media has revealed that more ‘health workers’ were vaccinated than actually exist in the state.
Last year the Irish Mirror reported that Reid had claimed €20,000 for a car allowance while also having the service of an army driver.
“The publication noted that the “2020 accounts for the HSE released in July” showed Reid’s pay, and included “a note containing details of his car allowance.”
The report also contained details of a pay rise received by Reid amounting to almost €100,000, noting “Remuneration CEO €426,337” for the year 2020 saying his pay was “up nearly €100,000 from the already impressive €337,000 he was paid in 2019.”
In November last year Reid received a Distinguished Fellowship Award from Griffith College “in recognition of his unwavering leadership and management of the Health Service Executive (HSE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.”