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Gilmore warns health bodies could have funding cut if they don't comply with pay policy

The Tánaiste has said that funding could be cut for agencies that do not comply with public sector pay structures.

TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has warned that the government could cut the funding of health agencies that do not comply with public service pay guidelines.

His comments at the end of the Labour Party conference in Killarney this weekend follow days of controversy caused by revelations that some health agency bosses received top-ups to their salaries from alternative funding, in some cases breaching public sector pay guidelines.

The HSE is now seeking to ensure that all health bodies are in compliance with public sector pay policy.

Gilmore said that the government “are determined to see that the public service pay policy is implemented” and added: “One of the options that is open to government, if there is not compliance, is to make appropriate reductions in the levels of funding that is provided to them.”

He was also asked about the controversy at the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin, which admitted this week that charitable funds were used to top-up executives’ salaries.

Gilmore said he was surprised at what has emerged and said it is “one of the agencies that is now going to have to be looked at”. He was also asked if the CRC board should resign:

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