Thursday 14 December 2017

Doctors put decision on hold for two weeks

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

DOCTORS have postponed a decision on the revised pay proposals amid grave concerns over cuts to hospital consultants' pay.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the union representing all grades of doctors, was due to issue a decision on whether to recommend the revised deal – known as the Haddington Agreement – following a meeting of its council on Thursday night.

However, a spokesman said this had now been put off for two weeks and they were to seek further clarification on the terms of reference for talks, due to start in June, on how the health service could persuade more medical graduates to stay and work here.

They want the terms of reference to include a review of the pay of newly recruited consultants. Since October, they are earning 30pc less than existing consultants, although their starting salaries are still over €100,000. The revised agreement spared them another cut.

"While such clarifications will allow the council to consider the matter in greater detail, grave concern was expressed at the council meeting over the inequitable treatment of doctors in relation to the non-restoration of pay and increment reduction," a spokesperson said.

Hospital consultants will not have cuts restored in due course unlike others earning over €65,000.

Irish Independent

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