Sunday 25 March 2018

Consultants 'paid more than Kenny'

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

SOME long-serving hospital consultants continue to be paid more than the Taoiseach's salary of €185,000.

Consultants remain among the highest paid staff in the public service, even taking into account the pay cuts under the Haddington Road deal.

Although they are in a minority, the best paid are academic consultants who have gross salaries of nearly €223,000 for a combination of university and hospital work.

Being a college professor remains one of the best paid jobs in the medical field with some opting for lower salaries of €214,744 to allow them the option of treating private patients also.

An academic consultant who is now earning nearly €230,000 would have had a salary of €284,163 in 2009, according to the latest salary statistics from the Department of Health.

And an academic consultant who is now on €214,744 earned €273,716 in 2009.

Other posts that carry a high salary include those of hospital master in one of the three maternity hospitals. The basic salary is nearly €219,000 and they also receive an allowance.

Meanwhile, around 200 consultants who were paid less than their colleagues after being appointed between January 1, 2011, and October 30, 2012, are to benefit from changes agreed under Haddington Road.

A six-point salary scale for a consultant in full-time public practice will see their maximum €161,151 salary rise to €178,593.

Irish Independent

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