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'Ministers knew' about top-up payments for senior health staff

“There’s only one thing that should happen now. Come next week, these payments must cease”.

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MINISTERS WERE AWARE of controversial top-up payments made to some senior executives in publicly-funded hospitals, a Fianna Fáil TD has said.

Séan Fleming, who made public the information that some bosses are being paid more than is permitted under official guidelines, said an internal audit report was finished by the HSE in March of this year. He received a copy of the report in recent days as he is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and said government ministers would also have received a copy already.

The disclosure centres around senior management at some State-funded health bodies being given ‘top-ups’ on their annual salaries from additional sources, including income from hospital shops and car parks and outside sources in the private sector.

Fleming said that there needs to be “a bit of action” on the breaches of pay guidelines.

“There’s only one thing that should happen now,” he told RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland. “Come next week, these payments must cease”.

It’s all well and good to talk about recouping back pay but as long as they’re continuing to be paid next week and the following week, there’s no point.

The HSE is to publish a report into State-funded hospitals and health agencies that are in breach of the rules on payments to their executives in the coming days.

All 44 State-funded hospitals had until 6pm last night to respond to a request from the HSE for full details on their compliance with pay rules.

Read: HSE will report on hospital executive pay breaches ‘ in a couple of days’ >

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