Doctors will vote on new wage deal
THE Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) will ballot its members on proposals to restructure the pay scales for hospital consultants.
The proposals for increased salary scales were put forward by the Labour Relations Commission and have been accepted by the HSE, following negotiations, and are also supported by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.
The new measures would see pay for newly appointed consultants, working exclusively in the public hospital system, increase from an existing scale of €116,000-€121,000 to between €127,000 and €175,000 over time.
The LRC proposals would also allow new consultants with experience to be appointed at an entry level of up to €155,000, though the IMO said it was unclear how doctors with previous experience, some working abroad, would be assessed for the higher entry-grade pay.
The IMO said it had "decided to put the LRC proposals concerning consultant pay and career structure to a ballot of members" following meetings of two of its committees.