Sunday 25 January 2015

Masters have pay cut by €18,000 but they still earn over €200,000 cap

PIC SHOWS: The Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr. Rhona Mahony; who has been selected as the 20th Eisenhower Fellow to represent Ireland.
The Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr. Rhona Mahony has been selected as the 20th Eisenhower Fellow to represent Ireland. Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy at the University of Ulster Professor Neil Gibson will be the 17th to represent Northern Ireland for Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) upcoming 2014 Multi Nation Program (MNP) in the United States.
EF aims to foster outstanding leaders from around the world who have the potential to make important contributions to their society. Eisenhower Fellows come from a wide range of corporate, government, and private sector backgrounds, and all have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their fields. Selected from a pool of more than 50 candidates from the world, Dr Mahony and Professor Gibson will participate in EFs 2014 MNP with 21 other influential individuals.
As an Eisenhower Fellow, Dr. Rhona Mahony will meet with industry leaders in maternity care and healthcare management and explore how American philanthropy in the health sector may be adapted to the Irish context.
Prof. Neil Gibson will examine the critical success factors in engaging the public in economic development. He will meet his professional counterparts in government, non-profit and academia to develop his network and examine the contrast between enterprise and foreign direct investment.
Dr Mahony commented, I am delighted and honoured to have been selected to represent Ireland as an Eisenhower Fellow. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with industry leaders in maternity care, hospital construction and healthcare management in the US and to discover how the sector has interacted with philanthropy and whether there are lessons that can be adopted in the maternity care sector in Ireland.
Eisenhower Fellowships President John W
The Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr. Rhona Mahony.

NATIONAL Maternity Hospital master Dr Rhona Mahony has had her pay cut by €18,000 -- but remains among a group of medics who are earning in excess of the public sector's €200,000 pay cap.

A new study of health service salaries in the wake of the Haddington Road agreement shows that a significant number of high-level staff still enjoy pay in excess of the cap.

Based on current information, there are less than 90 academic consultants -- out of a total consultant number of 2,500 -- receiving in excess of €200,000 a year.

Among those earning over €200,000 in public income are the three masters of Dublin maternity hospitals, some of whom were recently embroiled in the "top-ups" controversy about additional payments.

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dr Sam Coulter-Smith of the Rotunda Hospital and Dr Sharon Sheehan, master of the Coombe Hospital, each earn €218,000.

All of the masters have seen their income cut by around €18,000 since last summer when changes in pay under Haddington Road came into effect.

The standard salary of a master has been cut from €183,562 to €170,541. And a master's allowance has dropped to €48,174 -- down from €53,009.

Dr Mahony gets another €45,000 from private patient income while Dr Coulter-Smith receives a combined additional allowance of €60,000 from private non-charity sources. Dr Sheehan has never received any extra payment.


The report reveals some academic consultants who are professors in main universities are also being paid above the cap. A professor who earned €240,085 in 2008 is now on €222,735.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said the public service annual pay cap of €200,000 was introduced by the Government in June 2011 in respect of future appointments to the public service.

"At the time, it was indicated that the Minister for Health James Reilly would address consultant salaries in the context of discussions arising in relation to the consultant contract under the public service agreement.

"Following the discussions with representative associations under the public service agreement, a 30pc reduction in consultant rates for new appointees was implemented with effect from October 1, 2012."

The report gives an insight into the wide range of salary levels in the HSE, which is headed by director general Tony O'Brien on €185,000.

* The salary of a deputy chief executive in a major hospital has dropped from €114,211 in 2008 to €103,943.

* A childcare manger on €90,799 in 2008 is now getting €79,481.

* The salary of the chief ambulance officer has dropped from €77,056 to €67,898.

Irish Independent

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