Saturday 20 January 2018

Maeve Sheehan: Tinkering with pay is not enough to solve HSE's ills

Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

IF the Croke Park Agreement is working, its effects should be most keenly felt in health.

The over-burdened, money-sucking health service is the biggest public sector employer. It has lumbered for years under restrictive, anti-productive union-led work practices. Sickness is 24/7 but most health staff worked 33 to 39 hours a week, claiming generous overtime for anything over and above that.

But according to the noises made by the Health Service Executive's boss, Cathal Magee, last week, tinkering around the edges of public sector salaries is well and good, but it won't be enough to heal the agency's mounting financial ills.

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