McDonald welcomes commitment to tackle top up payments for senior managers
Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the HSE Chief’s confirmation at today’s Public Accounts Committee meeting that he intends to tackle top up payments to senior managers across the health service.
Public Accounts Committee member Deputy McDonald said:
“Following the recent controversy of top up payments to senior managers in Tallaght Hospital over and above their already generous salaries HSE Chief Cathal Magee today confirmed the HSE will carry out an audit over the next three months to identify the scale of the problem.
“Whilst I welcome the decision by the HSE to carry out the audit the Health Minister’s silence on the issue is deafening. Of course Dr Reilly has form when it comes to looking for pay increases for those who work for him but he cannot continue to preside over excessive extra pay for senior management in the health service.
“The HSE Chief also conceded that the practice of rehiring retirees back into the health service needs to be looked at. Last year the HSE rehired 686 retirees paying out salaries in excess of €11 million euro. Cathal Magee also confirmed that €200 million will be spent on agency staff (including locum staff) in 2012.
“The practice of rehiring retirees must be challenged however of even greater concern is the HSE’s spend on agency staff. HSE retirees who are rehired into the health service via an agency do not have to adhere to public sector pension abatement rules. Clearly the HSE’s increasing reliance on agency staff is a false economy.”