The CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group is seeking a High Court order aimed at preventing the health service executive removing him from his role.

Maurice Power, CEO of the Saolta group which runs public hospitals in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo & Donegal has brought proceedings against the HSE.

Mr Power, of Homefarm, Moycullen, Co Galway has been the group's CEO since October 2014, allegedly on an interim basis, having previously held several other positions within the public health service.

He's seeking various orders, including an injunction preventing the HSE from terminating his employment as the group's CEO.

The Irish Times reports that the action opened before Mr Justice Senan Allen yesterday.

Mr Power claims he's entitled to a contract of indefinite duration in respect of his role, and says the HSE has acted wrongfully and in breach of his contract of employment.

The action arose after the HSE started the process of recruiting a CEO for the Saolta Hospital Group, which has more than 10,000 staff and an annual budget of over €850 million.

Maurice Power applied for the job and was called to a preliminary interview, but not to the second round of interviews.

He has appealed the decision not to include him in the second round, and has also lodged a claim with the Workplace Relations Commission, claiming he was wrongfully forced to apply for his own role.

The HSE denies the claims and is opposing the application for an injunction.

The HSE argues that Mr Power does not have a contract of indefinite duration for the position of group CEO, and says his employment has not been terminated as he will return to the role he previously held as Chief Financial Officer.

The hearing continues.



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