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The man due to run a new task force on the emergency department crisis has quit

Dr Tony O’Connell will return to Australia.

THE MAN DUE to head a new task force on Ireland’s emergency departments has quit.

Dr Tony O’Connell, who was also the HSE’s head of acute hospitals, will return to Australia.

In a statement this evening, the HSE said that Dr O’Connell’s wife has been offered an academic role.

“Dr. Tony O’Connell, National Director for Acute Hospitals of the Health Services Executive (HSE), has tendered his resignation to the Director General of the HSE.

“He will return to Australia in the next number of weeks to join his wife who has recently been offered an academic position in an Australian university.

“Dr O’Connell’s wife, who was in Ireland up to recently, will take up her post next Monday.”

Dr O’Connell was appointed last May.

The resignation comes as hospital overcrowding and the number of people on trolleys reached record levels.

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