HSE overtime pay now at €640k a day
As the waiting lists crisis continues, a Sunday Independent investigation today reveals that the health service overtime bill is now running at more than €600,000 a day.
People on waiting lists for operations are increasingly funding the procedures themselves by getting loans from credit unions or by raising money from family members.
At the same time, the overtime bill in the health service continues to soar. A doctor earned €123,000 in extra pay last year as a chronic staff shortage pushed the health service overtime bill to €639,269 a day.
Extra hours worked by a range of staff cost €175m in the first nine months of 2016, figures secured by the Sunday Independent reveal. It means huge sums are being paid to a group of medics on top of their basic pay.
An associate specialist topped the overtime league table in 2016, taking home an additional €123,694 for working extra hours.
Three registrars shared an overtime pot of €267,700, and a consultant ENT surgeon was paid an additional €82,973.