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Former HSE boss pens behind-the-scenes book

Brendan Drumm hasn’t shied away from writing about the challenges and “major issues” he encountered while at the helm of the HSE for five years.

Brendan Drumm
Brendan Drumm
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE FORMER HEAD of the Health Service Executive, Brendan Drumm, has penned a book that gives a look at his time in the HSE.

The Challenge of Change: Putting Patients Before Providers will be released by Blackhall Publishing on 31 October of this year and the publishers say it gives a “fascinating behind-the-scenes account of a major transition period in Ireland’s health system”.

A consultant paediatrician, Drumm was chief executive of the HSE from 2005 to 2010, and was succeeded by Cathal Magee.

The book will acknowledge the problems with and criticisms of the HSE, but the publishers say Drumm’s vision “has been and still is one of reform”.

In the book, he will discuss his work during the five years and looks at the obstacles for an integrated healthcare system and healthcare reform in Ireland.

He also writes about  the “challenge of bringing doctors, nurses and other clinicians along with change”.

The National Children’s Hospital is also discussed, as well as the “major adverse events” Drumm encountered during his time with the HSE.

A site near the Mater Hospital has been chosen for the National Children’s Hospital, but building has not yet begun on the structure.

Drumm drew headlines last year when it was revealed that the HSE spent €3 million on advisors for the Co Leitrim native.

Since finishing up at the HSE, Drumm has returned to his clinical practice at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and his academic work at UCD.

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