HSE insists senior executive resignation not connected to systems glitch

HSE Chief Information Officer Richard Corbridge has announced his intention to resign

HSE insists senior executive resignation not connected to systems glitch

HSE Chief Information Officer Richard Corbridge. Image: Photocall Ireland

The HSE has denied that the resignation of its Chief Information Officer is connected to a computer glitch revealed this morning.

The glitch may have led to thousands of patients getting the wrong results from a range of scans, including x-rays and CT scans.

While the executive has insisted the error poses a 'relatively low risk' to patients, it had the potential to lead to some 25,000 people receiving unnecessary treatments.

The error was discovered by a radiologist last Friday and the system has now been updated.

Richard Corbridge - who has been HSE Chief Information Officer since 2014 - announced his decision to resign earlier this week.

He is expected to stay on until November.

A HSE spokesperson said the resignation has nothing to do with the systems glitch - adding that Mr Corbridge has decided to return to the UK, where he is originally from.

He previously specialised in IT development for the NHS.