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HIQA Chairperson declares his interests

06 Dec 2013

By Catherine Reilly.

The Chairperson of HIQA, which is responsible for the registration and inspection of all residential care services for older people, “will declare a conflict of interest” if any issues arise relating to nursing homes and other healthcare providers to which he is financial advisor, IMT reports.

Brian McEnery, who is a partner with financial consultants BDO Ireland and specialises in healthcare consulting and corporate recovery, made a “general declaration” of his business interests at the Authority’s Board meeting in September, “so that the Board is aware of his interests”, according to the meeting minutes.

A paper was circulated pertaining to his interests and McEnery clarified that in the event of a client of his or BDO’s coming to the attention of the Board, he would adhere to the Authority’s Conflict of Interest policy and procedure, discuss the issue with the Deputy Chairperson and the CEO and absent himself from any discussion of the matter. The Deputy Chairperson would act as chair if any such instances arose and other personnel within BDO would be allocated responsibility for the client, it was stated in the minutes.

A HIQA spokesperson said the obligation was on the Chairperson to inform the Authority of any potential conflicts of interest. The financial consultant had raised the issue of his business interests at his first Board meeting in July.

McEnery was previously a national advisor to Nursing Homes Ireland but “has had no involvement” with the representative organisation for the private and voluntary nursing homes sector since being appointed HIQA Chair by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly in May, the Authority confirmed.

The Board was not privy to HIQA’s schedule of announced and unannounced inspections or to inspection reports of residential care services pre-publication, stated the spokesperson, and to date McEnery had not had to absent himself from any proceedings in accordance with the Board’s procedure for managing conflicts of interests.

According to the Authority, it was “very fortunate” to have Board members with “extensive health and social care expertise and vast experience in other sectors”.

6 December 2013

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times