Sunday 21 January 2018

Bosses get over €100k at HSE-funded care bodies

Tony O'Brien, director general of the HSE, said organisations were obliged to have “due
regard” to public sector pay scales
Tony O'Brien, director general of the HSE, said organisations were obliged to have “due regard” to public sector pay scales

Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor

SIXTEEN executives at some of the country's best funded voluntary care organisations earn over €105,000.

The revelation comes following an analysis by the Health Service Executive (HSE) of pay levels at 23 disability and care groups.

The data, which relates solely to organisations receiving over €5m-a-year in grant aid from the HSE, shows that more than 200 staff at these bodies are on salaries of over €65,000, the equivalent of Grade 8 on the health service's consolidated salary scale.

These include 10 chief executives earning between €100,000 and €145,000, while six other senior staff are also on salaries above €105,000.

Other perks, including car allowances and pension contributions, were also disclosed. One chief executive was listed as getting a 20pc contribution towards his pension.

Of the 23 bodies surveyed, the best paid chief executive was Fionnuala O'Donovan of Enable Ireland, whose salary was listed as €145,679, with a 7pc contribution to her pension.

The data was provided to the Dail's Public Accounts Committee as part of its investigation into so-called Section 39 organisations, which the HSE provides grant aid to.

In general, these organisations provide non-acute community-based services and receive less than half their funding from the HSE.

Having already investigated RehabCare and the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), the committee sought information on pay at other Section 39 bodies receiving large sums of state funding.

While the HSE has no role in setting pay levels at these organisations, it can raise concerns if it believes too much money is being spent on salaries.

HSE chief executive Tony O'Brien said such organisations were obliged to have "due regard" to public sector pay scales.

On top of the salary paid to Ms O'Donovan, Enable Ireland pays two other executives salaries between €115,000 and €130,000, while a third earns between €105,000 and €115,000.

Two more Enable staff earn between €95,000 and €105,000, while there are 10 staff in the €85,000-€95,000 pay band.

Enable Ireland, which provides free services to children and adults with disabilities, received state grants totalling €36m last year.

The Irish Wheelchair Association received the same amount in grant aid. Its chief executive Kathleen McLoughlin was listed as earning €136,496, with an 8pc pension contribution, a €15,000 car allowance and a health insurance contribution.

The salary scale of Pat Reen, the chief executive of Proper Fingal, which delivers supports for people with intellectual disabilities, was listed as having a maximum of up to €115,808.

The package also includes a 20pc pension contribution and health insurance cover valued at €1,201.

The chief executive of the Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Pat Quinlan, was listed as receiving a salary of €119,883, a 12.2pc pension contribution and a €4,800 annual car allowance.

The Cheshire Foundation, which provides support services for people with physical and neurological conditions in their homes, in residential centres, and other accommodation, pays its chief executive Mark Blake-Knox €114,583. He was also listed as receiving a 7pc pension contribution and an annual car allowance of €8,720.

The 23 bodies listed were among hundreds contacted by the HSE earlier this year and asked to provide details on the salaries of senior staff.

Since the Public Accounts Committee began its inquiries, the board of the CRC resigned en masse, while Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins retired early.

Irish Independent

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