Wednesday 21 March 2018

Crumlin Children's Hospital acknowledges payment top-ups controversy

THE board of Crumlin Childen’s Hospital has acknowledged the concern that the top-ups controversy has caused the children, parents, staff and supporters of the hospital.

It previously emerged that chief executive of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Lorcan Birthistle, is paid a €30,000 top up from the proceeds of its shop and on-site commercial activity.

A statement said: “The hospital has fully engaged with the HSE and has confirmed that the remuneration of the chief executive includes an allowance funded from on-site commercial activities. “ It reiterated that no charitable donations have been used to pay this allowance.

“The contracted remuneration of the chief executive has full Board approval since his appointment and is fully compliant with PAYE and other statutory deductions.”

The board said it previously attempted to secure approval of the health authorities for an appropriate remuneration level for the chief executive.

A statement added: “ The board believes this can now be achieved in accordance with the recommendations of the HSE Internal Audit Report and this will be pursued directly with the HSE.”


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