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News : Irish Last Updated: Mar 26, 2012 - 7:16 AM


Irish hospital consultants work 2.5 days per week in public sector on full pay
By Finfacts Team
Mar 26, 2012 - 7:09 AM

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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 education payments.

He said overall up to 500 consultants were earning in excess of €200,000.

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