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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hospital chief getting extra salary payment of €25,000

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

The chief executive of another public hospital is receiving a salary top-up of more than €25,000 a year, it was learned yesterday.

Brian Conlan, chief executive of the Mater Hospital in Dublin, is getting an annual €25,625, in addition to a salary of around €140,000 for overseeing the hospital's €284m new development.

It follows revelations that highly paid executives in St James's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital were also getting top-ups from public funds for additional duties.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) said these extra payments were unacceptable and the Dail Committee on Public Accounts is to investigate them.

The Mater Hospital confirmed yesterday that Mr Conlan's salary top-up was to be reviewed at the end of this year.

The Mater's director of non-clinical services, Martin Igoe, is also being paid €20,608 a year for overseeing various campus developments, including the new building.

It emerged earlier this week that the chief executive of St James's Hospital, Ian Carter, who is on a salary of around €146,000, received €36,000 from Trinity College's funds for part-time lecturing.

The same hospital's director of finance, Brian Fitzgerald, is receiving an allowance of €10,800 in addition to his salary for acting as secretary to the board.

Approved

The arrangement has been approved by the board and the money comes from the hospital's public funding, which it receives from the HSE.

Mr Fitzgerald also has a part-time lecturing post at Trinity College, for which he receives €30,000, which comes out of the university's payroll.

It recently emerged that five staff at Tallaght Hospital received more than €739,000 in additional salary payments for "acting up" roles between 2005 and 2010.

Four of the staff have since left the hospital but the remaining person is still receiving an additional €35,000.

The money has come out of the hospital funds received from the HSE to run services.

Two senior managers at St Vincent's Hospital are also receiving extra money for additional private work for the St Vincent's Healthcare Group.

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