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Five hospitals and charities still not compliant with pay policy

27 agencies have also put forward cases to keep their allowances, the HSE said this evening.

St James' Hospital is one of the non-compliant agencies.
St James' Hospital is one of the non-compliant agencies.
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THE HSE HAS said today that there are still five agencies deemed non-compliant with public pay policy and it has warned them they will be sanctioned.

In a statement this evening, the HSE said they were deemed non-compliant as they have not put forward a case to keep the top-up payments.

The five agencies are the Brothers of charity South, the Brothers of Charity South East, St James’ Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and St John of Gods.

The HSE has written to these agencies warning them that they funding will be reduced by 20 per cent from 21 February as a sanction, until they provide the necessary proof of compliance or a business case.

“It is important to note that this reduction in cash funding is not a budget cut and therefore should, under no circumstances, impact on the provision of services to patients or clients,” it said.

Compliance

Following a request from the HSE in December that all Section 38 agencies confirm compliance with its guidelines, all agencies had been asked to put forward their case for keeping top-ups by Monday of this week.

In some cases allowances have been ceased and ten agencies out of the total 43 are deemed compliant, according to the latest update.

The HSE has received 88 business cases from 27 agencies on why they should be able to retain the allowances paid to staff.

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An internal review panel of senior management of the Health Services Leadership Team has been appointed to examine each business case on its own merits.

“Where the review panel is satisfied that there are legitimate reasons for the continuation of an allowance, business cases will be submitted to the Department of Health which will liaise as appropriate with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform prior to the consideration of any allowance in line with public pay policy,” the HSE said in a statement this evening.

Temple Street Children’s hospital, Our Lady’s Hospice and the Rotunda maternity hospital have put forward the largest number of business cases.

The Central Remedial Clinic was put in a separate category on its own for agencies “engaged in a different process”.

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