Irish hospital consultants work 2.5 days per week
in the public sector on full pay as they are able to complete their 37-hour
commitment to public hospitals by Wednesday lunchtime and to devote the rest of
the week to their private practice, while receiving additional allowances for
being “on call,” according to
a report in today's Irish Times.
In an interview with the newspaper, Seán McGrath,
the former HSE head of human resources who left the organisation last week, said
there are more than 100 salary rates for hospital consultants, based on various
contracts, ranging from €130,000 to €185,000. On top of salary there were
“very generous allowances”. Clinical directors received €46,000 in
allowances and there were also on-call, call-out and continuing medical
He said overall up to 500 consultants were
earning in excess of €200,000.
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