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HSE will report on hospital executive pay breaches 'in a couple of days'

The deadline for hospitals to respond to a HSE request for details on their compliance with pay rules was 6pm this evening.

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THE HSE WILL issue a report in a number of days on State-funded voluntary hospitals and health agencies that are in breach of rules on payments to their executives.

The Minister for Health James Reilly said this evening that a “clear picture of all payments is needed”, after it emerged that senior staff were being given top-ups on their annual salaries from additional sources, including income from hospital shops and car parks.

The deadline for hospitals to respond to a HSE request for details on their compliance with pay rules was 6pm this evening.

The HSE will consider their responses before issuing a detailed report to the Department of Health in a “couple of days” according to Reilly. This report will be published on the department’s website he pledged.

Echoing An Taoiseach’s words from earlier in the day, Reilly said that the issue of non-exchequer payments to hospital bosses was revealed in May of this year when one employee of Tallaght Hospital was found to have received an extra €150,000 since 2005.

In total, five staff members had received an additional €739,000 between 2005 and 2010, Reilly claimed.

The Minister was responding to questions from Seán Fleming TD who said that what is now required was action from the Government to ensure that the payments now stop. “What the people will want to know at this stage is when will these payment stop, ” the Fianna Fáil deputy stressed.

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