Croke Park savings: Just one example

Wednesday 1st February 2012

The big ticket savings from Croke Park have so far mostly been
related to staff reductions. But many local and sectoral initiatives are
also creating savings through changed working practices and other

One recent example has been finalised at Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin,
where changes to rosters and breaks are expected to deliver annual
savings of €220,000. The changes will free up 3.5 staff members for work
elsewhere in the organisation, leading to an annual €175,000
reduction in spending on locums and agency staff. A further €47,000 will
be shaved from spending on premium payments, with reduced earnings for
the staff concerned.

The agreement is the latest in a growing number of local level
changes implemented  under Croke Park, which have received little
attention compared to the headline changes in areas like medical
laboratories (now saving €5 million a year) and radiography (estimated
savings of €3.5 million a year).

Overall, the Croke Park Implementation Body has verified that the
agreement directly led to annual savings of over €680 million in the
year up to June 2011, exceeding Government targets. The trend has
continued in the second half of 2011 and is likely to accelerate in 2012
to meet the new Budget objective of an additional €400 million in
public service payroll savings.

Through staff reductions and other reforms (less leave, extended
working hours, rationalisation of agencies, centralised and shared
services, staff relocation and redeployment, and many other changes) we
are on target to deliver total annual savings of €3.5 billion in the
public service pay bill by 2015.

You can get more examples of reforms delivered in the health sector (including by region) HERE. The Croke Park National Implementation Body carries examples of national and local reforms underway on its website.