Sunday 22 April 2018

Our Lady’s Hospital boss received top up of €30k on salary

Allowance is in addition to the regular salary of around €110,000.

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin
Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin
Claire Murphy

By Claire Murphy

THE chief at Dublin’s Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children has been receiving a €30,000 annual top-up from profits of shops on the hospital campus.

This allowance is in addition to the regular salary of an estimated €110,000.

Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin confirmed profits from shops on the campus were used to pay an allowance to its chief executive in a statement today. 

Files from the Department of Health outline that the chief executive of Our Lady’s Hospital, Lorcan Birthistle, was receiving total remuneration of €140,808 of which €30,000 was described as a “privately funded allowance”.

The Department of Health made a series of payments to senior management across State-funded voluntary hospitals and health agencies. Our Lady’s Hospital was one of 13 agencies collectively paying about €900,000 to senior managers in top-up payments and benefits from non-State sources, according to information released to the Irish Times.

The hospital said the chief executive was entitled to the payments but would not make any further comment as it was a private matter.

They said he “has a contractual entitlement to payment of an allowance for the supervision of the following: auxiliary activities; income from franchises; and change management. This payment is non-pensionable and does not come from HSE or charitable funds. The income stream used to pay the allowance is generated from profits from shops on the hospital campus”.

Our Lady’s Hospital added: “The allowance is a private contractual arrangement between the board and the chief executive.

“The information was provided to the audit on a confidential basis and is protected under data protection legislation. On that basis, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin will not be making any public comment on the salary details of the private contract.”

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