Maeve Sheehan: 'Top-ups' for bosses a common practice
Reilly sought approval for an 'exceptional' payment for a hospital group chief in 2011, writes Maeve Sheehan
IN the aftermath of a Budget that saw €666m cut from his department, Dr James Reilly claimed health spending was so much down to the bone that his officials know how every penny is spent.
It emerged last week that there is still one area of health service spending he has yet to fathom; the myriad extra payments and allowances to bolster the publicly funded salaries of senior managers.
The disclosure of top-ups and allowances to some of these top executives has lifted the veil on perhaps the most secretive and closely guarded areas of health spending. On-call allowances amounting to thousands for desk-based managers; top-ups paid from the profits of hospital shops and hefty car parking fees; and private health insurance.