THE Dail Committee on Public Accounts today dispatched a senior HSE official to contact senior executives in St Vincent's Hospital to find out why it is refusing to provide information on salary top-ups.
St Vincent's Private Healthcare, which incorporates a public and private hospital, is resisting calls to divulge how much three executives are getting on top of their State salary for private work.
After HSE Director Barry O' Brien read out a letter from St Vincent's at the committee meeting today, chairman Deputy John Mc Guinness said he was "fed up with all this nonsense".
He told Mr O' Brien to contact St Vincent's and ask its senior management to respond to the committee before it adjourns today.
Earlier, Mater Hospital chief executive Mary Day denied that it receives a fee of more than €600,000 from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) for administering a pension scheme on behalf of 180 of its staff.
She said it was the CRC’s employer contribution to cover its staff pension scheme. “I would like to make it clear that the Mater Hospital receives no payment for this service to the CRC”, she said.
Ms Day appeared before the committee after former CRC chief Paul Kiely told a meeting last week that the payment of a €600,000 was a fee to the hospital.
The committee accepted the Mater's position and said the matter should be clarified by the CRC.
Department of Health secretary general Ambrose McLoughlin admitted lessons had to be learned about the delay in dealing with the top-ups paid by voluntary hospitals and agencies over so many years,
Earlier, Health Minister James Reilly said St Vincent's should supply information on top-ups.
“Well I think that’s very unfortunate. I think it’s very clear that people need to be in compliance, part of compliance is co-operating.
“If St Vincent’s Hospital insist on not co-operating, they’re heading for serious trouble."