Doctors defiant, but public facing trolley crisis will wonder if claim is justified
How can hospital consultants justify demands for back-pay that could land the HSE with a bill that could potentially cost over €350m?
It's a question the public, who see doctors as among the best-paid public servants in the country, is asking in the wake of the fallout over the pursuit of salary underpayments and compensation dating back to 2008. How does it sit with their calls for more resources to tackle the trolley crisis?
But many individual medics, and the organisations representing them, are unapologetic and insist their stand is completely justified.