The HSE has raised new concerns about the pension arrangements of Paul Kiely, the former Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic. In a letter to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee the HSE’s director general Tony O’Brien writes that ‘payments to Mr Kiely could not have been made by the CRC without funds received from the friends and supporters of the CRC’. Meanwhile Brian Conlan, Paul Kiely’s successor as CEO of the CRC, has been discussing salary top-up payments with the Dail Public Accounts Committee this morning Irish Times Industry correspondent Martin Wall has been following this morning’s proceedings.
The latest HSE audit figures of voluntary hospitals and disability organisations will be discussed at a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee today, and will put the controversial top-ups issue back under the spotlight. Sean was joined by Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent with the Irish Times; Kieran O'Donnell, Fine Gael TD and Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent
The Irish Times reports today that the Health Services Executive served two formal warnings on the Central Remedial Clinic earlier this year relating to the appointment process for its new chief executive. The process was described by the HSE as “highly irregular”. These new revelations come in a week where health minister James Reilly has contradicted what former CRC chairman Des Peelo told us on Monday about HSE executives being aware of top up payments being made to some senior staff. Martin Wall, industry correspondent of the Irish Times spoke to Sean.
At a time of biting cuts in the health service today’s newspapers continue to make interesting reading with the revelations that some senior staff in our voluntary hospitals are receiving allowances of up to €50,000 per year on top of their basic salaries. The top up payments are in some cases being funded by the proceeds from retail outlets in the hospitals and are a slap in the face to government policy on salary caps in the public service. Sean was joined by Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent of the Irish Times and Liam Doran, General Secretary of the INMO.
As we know health unions have expressed anger at a letter sent by the HSE to hospital managers last week which stated that from January 1st staff will no longer have the option to maintain pre Haddington Road working hours in exchange for a pay cut. Later today both sides meet with the Haddington Road implementation body at the LRC. Martin Wall industry correspondent of the Irish Times spoke to Sean this morning.