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Hospitals and charities to end 150 top up payments for managers by July

HSE instruction after review panel examined the controversial payments

Philip Ryan and Niall O’Connor

Published 14/04/2014 | 12:52

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THE HSE has instructed hospitals and charities to end almost 150 top-up payments for senior managers within the next four months.

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An internal review panel examined 143 business cases from section 38 organisations seeking to retain the controversial payments for staff.

Documents seen by independent.ie show the HSE rejected the vast majority of the reasons put forward for keeping the additional pay.

For example, the Mater Hospital in Dublin submitted business cases for nine senior staff, arguing that allowances and bonuses as large as almost €30,000 should be retained.

However, the HSE rejected the hospital’s submissions in all cases and has demanded each allowance to senor staff be ceased.

Similarly, allowances in the National Maternity Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, the Coombe, St Vincents, the Cappagh and the National Maternity Hospital will also be ended.

A letter from HSE National Director of Human Resources Barry O’Brien to all section 38 organisations states it is now the responsibility of each agency to implement its recommendations as "a matter of urgency”.

“You will note that a period of up to three months to 1st July 2014 has been set to allow time for Agencies to make the necessary arrangements to cease the payment of all unapproved remuneration and to ensure appropriate risk mitigation measures are put in place to deal with issues as they arise,” he adds.

Mr O’Brien warns all documents supplied by the agencies will be sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)  and will be “open to public scrutiny”.

“In that context, you should immediately advise the individual members of your staff of the outcome of the review specific to the business case made in respect of their role,” he adds

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