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Saturday 16 December 2017

Managers' health insurance paid by hospital

Peamount Hospital, Newcastle
Peamount Hospital, Newcastle

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

TWO senior managers in a voluntary hospital, which provides disability and rehabilitation care, are getting their private health insurance premiums worth almost a combined €5,000 paid from service funds.

The deal is part of the managers' contracts at Peamount Hospital in Dublin which receives around €24m in funding from the HSE.

A spokesman told the Irish Independent it is "compliant" with pay policy but is paying the private health insurance premiums for the two managers.

He said the premiums are not paid from charitable donations. The hospital in Newcastle in Dublin has a fund-raising arm to support services for older clients and people with a disability.

It is among a majority of voluntary agencies which will be asked to sign a new compliance document at the end of next month indicating if they will make a case for top-ups or try to phase them out over time if caught in a legal contract with employees.

REFUSING

St Vincent's Hospital is Dublin is still refusing to disclose how much its chief executive, Nicholas Jermyn, is receiving in additional payments for his work which includes the private hospital in the same campus and St Michael's Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

Mr Jermyn earned a public salary of nearly €146,000 before the Haddington Road cuts but he receives a substantial additional wage from the private group for the extra work.

A spokesman for the hospital declined to say how much extra Mr Jermyn is paid on top of his public salary saying it is "private and confidential". It is "actively engaging" directly with the HSE on the issue, he added.

Meanwhile, Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital in Dublin is refusing to respond to queries on why it told the HSE it is not complying with public pay policy and if it is paying top-ups.

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin -- which is paying its chief executive Lorcan Birthistle a €30,000 top-up from the proceeds of its hospital shop -- is to make a case for his salary to be increased.

Irish Independent

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