Friday 19 December 2014

CEOs must get approval for lecture top-up cash

Published 15/04/2014 | 02:30

THREE hospital chief executives will have to seek approval from the Department of Health for payments they receive for lecturing in universities.

The payments to the CEOs of Beaumont Hospital, St James's Hospital and the Dublin Dental University Hospital were not axed in the HSE's internal review of top-ups.

However, the audit said the payment should be brought in line with the HSE's one person/one salary principle.

Beaumont Hospital chief executive Liam Duffy is receiving a €20,000 "lecturing allowance" from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, along with his €136,282 salary.

The hospital said Mr Duffy received this payment under a separate employment contract.

The HSE recommended that all other additional payments paid to Beaumont Hospital staff should cease.

St James's Hospital chief executive Brian Fitzgerald, who earns €136,282 a year, receives a payment for his lectures in Trinity College.

He provided the HSE with a letter confirming his employment with the university, and it was again recommended he should seek departmental approval for the payment. However, a €9,000 travel allowance he receives will be axed.

Dublin Dental University Hospital CEO Pat Doyle, who earns €103,000, also receives €27,600 from Trinity College for lecturing.

Irish Independent

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