Thursday 22 February 2018

Doctors bid for €115,000 windfall

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

HOSPITAL consultants may be in line for back-pay of around €115,000 each if they win a salary claim case, it has emerged.

The cases have been lodged by 150 consultants but, if successful, they could benefit many of the country's 2,400 specialists who have switched to a new contract since 2008.

The claim is based on the decision by the last government not to follow through on promised salaries of between €150,000 and €195,000 for doctors who switched to a new contract.

Consultants who held academic posts also were due to receive around €240,000 a year.

The doctors received reduced salaries instead.

However, several consultants have now served summonses to claim the money they say they are due before their cases become statute barred.

The result could leave the health service with a multi- million euro bill.

One consultant has already won his claim before an Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The HSE lost an appeal against the claim.

The 2008 contract was agreed after long negotiations and it aimed to bring reform to how hospitals operate in this country.

The specialists were entitled to opt for a contact with a higher salary if they agreed to work full-time in a public hospital and not do any private practice.

Others chose a lower State salary in return for being able to earn more income from treating private patients.

Consultants were to have their private practice monitored, however a formula for this has still not been agreed.

Irish Independent

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