St John of God pay audit under way
The St John of God organisation, which is funded by the HSE to provide disability and mental health services, has conceded the remuneration of one of its senior managers is not compliant with public pay rules, the Public Accounts Committee was told.
This statement was made in correspondence to HSE Director of Human Resources Rosarii Mannion earlier this month.
HSE chief Tony O'Brien said the declaration of non-compliance and "other recent revelations regarding the payments" to the 14 staff members in late 2013 are a matter of very grave concern to him.
"I have asked HSE's internal audit division to conduct a review of these matters as a matter of urgency," he added.
He said in September 2013 the HSE sought written confirmation from Section 38 Agencies - including St John of God - that remuneration to employees was in line with public pay scales.
Non- exchequer sources of funding should not be used to supplement employee remuneration.
A spokesman for St John of God said they would not be commenting as the review is under way.