Health service bosses must lead by example
IT IS always disappointing to hear people in senior positions send a message of "Don't do as I do – do as I say". It is doubly disappointing to find that message coming from the top at a time when all of us are being urged to do more with less. And when we find this is happening in the cash-strapped health service, disappointment veers towards anger.
Yesterday the Irish Independent revealed that – despite years of rolling cutback heaped upon cutback – an elite of 91 executives, managers and senior doctors in the health system are receiving lavish perks, allowances and pension top-ups estimated to be worth a total of €3.2m and funded by the taxpayer.
Another 32 executives shared €912,472 in perks that came from 'private sources'. Among the health organisations continuing this practice is a Dublin hospital, which recently warned that its pared-back budget was close to seriously impacting on patient care.