Proposed pay hike for HSE bosses “scandalous” – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described a proposed pay rise for the HSE Chief Executive and for new chiefs of forthcoming ‘hospital groups’ as “scandalous”.
“Health Minister James Reilly must rule out any pay increase for the HSE Chief Executive who already has a salary of nearly €200,000 per annum. The reported proposal from the Department of Health for an upward review of this already excessive salary is nothing short of scandalous. And to add insult to injury the department is also proposing bonus payments for the bosses of the ‘hospital groups’ which are to be announced by Minister Reilly next week.
“Unless he states otherwise we can only presume that Minister Reilly has signed off on these pay hike proposals.
“Despite all that has happened in our economy and society, including the perilous state of our public health services, there is still an elite at the top which is determined to reward itself because they believe ‘we're worth it’. Under no circumstances should this latest gravy train be allowed to leave the station.”