Thursday, 12 December 2013
Department of Health
Health Services Staff Remuneration
210. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to ensure that money received by charities and hospitals and used as top-up payments is repaid to the taxpayer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53573/13]
227. To ask the Minister for Health the actions that will be taken regarding the top-up salary payments by section 38 agencies to its chief executives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53572/13]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 210 and 227 together.
As has been reported extensively, a considerable number of Section 38 agencies have been found to be in breach of Government pay policy with regard to the remuneration of senior staff. I have requested urgent action to ensure that every agency is fully compliant with Government pay policy. The HSE has a team of senior managers following up with individual agencies and the Director General of the HSE is meeting the Chairpersons and the CEOs of all the Section 38 organisations today. The HSE will take whatever actions are necessary to deliver full compliance and ensure that any governance deficits identified are comprehensively rectified immediately. The question of recoupment will be dealt with on a case by case basis. As indicated above the HSE is urgently meeting individual agencies and it is important that due process is followed.