Dr. Alan McKinney brought back in as associate medical director

Dr Alan McKinney.
Dr Alan McKinney.

The former medical director of the Western Trust who retired with a £1.4m pension pot was re-appointed to a senior role in the same organisation just months later, the Irish News has reported.

The newspaper claims that Dr Alan McKinney, who held the £200k post at the Western health trust for two years following a lengthy career as an A&E consultant in Derry, is understood to have returned as an ‘associate medical director’.

However officials have refused to comment on his new role, salary or the recruitment process.

Last night, the Department of Health said that it “does not sanction a revolving door policy”.

“Staff who have left the service should have no expectation that they will be re-employed in a permanent or other capacity anywhere in the Health and Social Care service.”

A spokeswoman added: “There will be no re-employment within the HSC until the individual’s payback period (1.75 years) is completed. It is however permissible for re-employment after that time.”

It added that while it was made aware of the appointment of Dr McKinney, its approval was not required as it related to a post with clinical responsibilities and “approval... rests with the trust”.

The Journal has asked the Western Trust for a statement on the appointment and is currently awaiting a response.