IMPACT welcomes PAC call for investigation into top salaries at Limerick hospital group

IMPACT has welcomed today’s (Thursday’s) decision by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee to ask the HSE’s director general, and the secretary general of the Department of Health, to investigate the circumstances that led to  the sanction of a €250,000 salary for one senior manager in the Limerick hospitals group. The union, which wrote to the committee chairman John McGuinness on 14th May to set out its concerns on corporate governance and senior staff salaries in the hospital group, said any proper investigation will show the expenditure – which is being channelled through a management consultancy – is unjustified.

IMPACT official Andy Pike said the union was seeking clarification over when the management consultancy contract will be terminated, and said staff objected to reporting to a manager who is being paid “twice the correct rate for the job.”

“The HSE director general has said the Mid-West Hospital Group needs additional administration staff to provide vital services to patients. The money spent employing just one management consultant would cover the costs of at least five clerical staff to help the hospitals cope with increasing demands. In these circumstances, staff very much resent reporting to a senior manager who is being paid at least twice the correct rate for the job,” he said.

IMPACT is currently holding an industrial action ballot across five hospitals in the region in order to sanction a refusal to report to the manager. The ballot result is due on 20th June. The PAC today questioned HSE director general Tony O’Brien and Department of Health secretary general Ambrose McCloughlin on the matter.