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Wednesday 17 September 2014

CEOs must get approval for lecture top-up cash

Published 15/04/2014 | 02:30

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

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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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