Monday 22 July 2019

Cash-hit disability group Rehab had 12 staff who got more than €100,000

Mo Flynn, the CEO of Rehab
Mo Flynn, the CEO of Rehab
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Rehab Group, which claims it is at risk of having to shut down its entire care services due to financial difficulties, has 12 staff earning more than €100,000 in salaries, according to its latest annual report.

The charity, which provides services for people with a disability, met Health Minister Simon Harris yesterday evening and said it needed another €2m to continue to operate.

Earlier, it warned that it would have to send out a notification today giving a year's notice of its decision to terminate all care contracts.

But this was deferred following the meeting where it was agreed to "engage in a week-long process of intense discussion with the HSE in a bid to seek resolution".

A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath was also at the meeting. "The HSE and Rehab agreed to engage intensively and meet again with the ministers next week," she said.

A Rehab Group spokeswoman said: "We hope a solution will have been identified which will safeguard these critical services for the 3,000 people in our care, and our 1,500 staff".

It has 147 services in 117 locations around the country.

"We will continue to fight for the funding we need to safeguard these services which are so critical to the people we serve," she said.

Rehab received an additional €1m to its funding from the HSE this year.

But it is facing financial difficulties due to the higher expense of providing care, as well as the need to meet the demands of the watchdog, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), whose inspectors have been critical of some centres.

The organisation said it made cuts to reduce costs, including reducing staff and salaries, selling a building in Sandymount, shutting down loss-making services and closing its defined benefit pension scheme.

Rehab Group was at the centre of controversy in recent years with particular focus on the €240,000 salary of its former CEO Angela Kerins.

She was succeeded by Mo Flynn, who took a salary of €140,000, a sum on a par with other charity chiefs.

Its 2017 accounts showed that, among the 12 staff earning more than €100,000, there was one employee earning more than €140,000.

Three earned between €110,000 and €130,000.

There were 66 employees earning between €60,000 and €80,000.

Recently published HIQA inspection reports found varying standards in RehabCare centres.

Inspections of seven centres operated by RehabCare found that four were meeting the needs of residents, in line with the regulations and standards.

One RehabCare centre, however, required improvements to its individual assessments and personal plans, and to its protection policies and practices.

In another RehabCare centre, inspectors found improvements were required to the centre's governance and management, as well as its risk management procedures.

An inspection of another RehabCare centre found that the governance and management of the centre was poor and had a negative impact on residents' quality of life and safety.

Inspectors identified serious risks on this inspection, and issued three immediate actions to the provider.

In addition, the provider did not assess residents' health and social care needs or individual risks.

Further non-compliance was found in staffing and fire precautions.

Irish Independent

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