The Chairman of the West/North West Hospitals Group, Noel Daly Noel DALYhas resigned his position amid allegations his involvement in a firm appointed to carry out a review of maternity services in the region was “a direct conflict of interest.”

Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher who called on Mr. Daly “…to consider his position and resign…” said that by any objective analyses, his post as chair of the hospitals group “…and his involvement in a company appointed to review services in the region is a direct conflict of interest and I believe his post is now untenable.”

The matter was previously raised by Fianna Fail’s Seanad Health Spokesman Senator Marc MacSharry.

In a statement, Mr. Daly said he had chosen to resign as chair of the West/North West Hospitals Group “as I do not want my personal and professional reputation or the reputation of the Group to be compromised in any way.

“I took on this voluntary role two years ago and have been happy to serve in furthering significant improvements in the health services.

“The Board and the executive are doing wonderful work with the support of the HSE and the Minister and his Department and I wish them continued success in their endeavours.”

Group Chief Executive of the Hospitals Group, Bill Maher said it was with deep regret he had learnt of Mr. Daly’s decision to resign.

“On behalf of the Group, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Noel for his unstinting hard work and support over the past two years.”

A note to broadcast media stated the group would not be putting forward any spokesperson on the issue.