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Top-ups for Hospital CEOs show “persistent culture of privilege” – Ó Caoláin

19 November, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the revelations of huge top-ups, in addition to very high salaries, for CEOs of hospitals and of HSE-funded voluntary bodies in the Health sector, Sinn Fein Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“These revelations show that there is still a persistent culture of privilege at the top of the HSE and at the top of some HSE-funded bodies. We actually have more HSE top executives on salaries of over €100,000 per annum this year than we did last year. This sets the headline that others in voluntary bodies, including some hospitals, are clearly following.

“It is appalling to see some hospital CEOs and those in HSE-funded voluntary bodies in the health area receiving massive top-ups in addition to already very high salaries. And this at a time when these hospitals and other bodies are struggling due to government cutbacks.

“Whatever additional revenue that hospitals and other voluntary HSE-funded bodies are able to raise should go into their services and not into a honey pot for top executives.

“The Tánaiste has said public service pay guidelines must be adhered to. But what leadership has he and his colleagues given? They have breached guidelines in the pay they award their own special advisors.

“The pity is that these revelations will now be used by government to justify cutbacks to health services in the 2014 HSE Service Plan soon to be published.”


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