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Saturday 25 January 2020

8pc pay cut reversed for newest recruits

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

NEWLY recruited hospital consultants, earning over €100,000, are to be spared another 8pc pay cut under the revised Croke Park II proposals.

The salary rate for all consultants hired since last October is 30pc less than existing medics, and they are on starting salaries ranging from €109,000 to €116,000.

A newly hired consultant would have faced another 8pc cut under Croke Park II – but under the revised deal they are exempted from this, according to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).

This exemption will apply to all consultants who are recruited from now on and is seen as a move to maintain doctors' salaries at a reasonably competitive level amid evidence some posts are becoming increasingly difficult to fill.

Junior doctors will continue to get double time on Sundays and public holidays. Overtime rates of time-and-a-half will apply for the rest of the week for those earning under €35,000 and time-and-a-quarter for doctors over this amount.

The junior doctors have been promised hospitals will be compliant with the European working time directive by the end of 2014. The pay of existing hospital consultants who are on salaries of over €150,000 will continue to be cut by 9pc.

IMO Director of Industrial Relations Steve Tweed said that the union was satisfied it had secured significant improvements. "We're not happy with everything we have secured but we are happy that we have secured a much better set of proposals than were on offer two months ago."

The union's national council will meet tomorrow and, subject to decisions, the proposals will be put to a ballot in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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