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30% pay cut proposed for new TDs

13 Apr 2017

Dr David O’Gorman

In an attempt to give politicians a taste of their own medicine, consultants at this year’s IMO AGM in Galway will be calling on the profession to back a 30 per cent pay cut for new TDs.

The motion, set to conclude the national consultants meeting on Saturday morning, has been tabled “in pursuit of equity” by retired consultant dermatologist Dr David O’Gorman, and his Galway compatriot Dr Phelim Donnelly.

The pay cut for TDs elected for the first time at the last election would match the 30 per cent cut imposed on newly appointed consultants, brought in by former Minister for Health Dr James Reilly.

The motion up for debate makes a distinction, however, between newly appointed consultants and newly elected members of the Oireachtas, with the former, unlike TDs, being hard to attract, “so much so that there are 400 unfilled posts”.

One of the more interesting GP motions may be a proposal from the Limerick GP branch, calling on the IMO to negotiate a reduction in maximum GMS list sizes from 2,200 to 2,000 so as to ensure safe cover of all patients in general practice, and the motion from the East Galway GP branch that the union negotiate the end of the contractual obligation of individual GPs to provide 24-hour care to GMS patients, “in the interest of doctor and patient safety”.

Mayo GPs are also looking for the HSE to be responsible for the sourcing and provision of locum cover from a panel of GPs to cover practices for sick/study and annual leave.

The IMO AGM will take place between April 20-23 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. Visit for ongoing updates and reports.

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