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On-call and call-out payments corrected

17 Oct 2014

Barry O’Brien, National Director of Human Resources

The HSE and its funded agencies have been once again directed to correct erroneously implemented payments, this time relating to allowances for hospital consultants.

The latest correction to the implementation of wrong pay scales relates to B and C Factor Payments (on-call/call-out payments and emergency call-out payments to consultants) under the November 1, 2013, pay scales first issued in July.

Last month, IMT (26.09.14) reported how the HSE declined to give details of the overpayment or underpayment to trainee clinical psychologists that came to light after it recently instructed the correction of pay scales issued in November 2013, with the new salaries now based on a three-point as opposed to the initially stated five-point scale.

In the latest case, HSE National Director of Human Resources (HR) Barry O’Brien said all health service and HSE-funded agencies were now required to implement changes set out in a July circular.

The July circular to O’Brien from Lara Hynes, Principal Officer in the National HR Department of the Department of Health, ordered the correction of the remuneration, agreed under the Haddington Road Agreement, of new entrant grades who entered the public service on or after January 1, 2011, subject to a Department of Health circular 2/2011 dated March 24, 2011.

Circular 2/2011 had provided for a reduction of 10 per cent in the fixed-term allowances for persons recruited to new entrant grades.

As detailed in circular 3/2014: “this reduction in allowances will cease as and from November 1, 2013. All fixed amount allowances reduced by 10 per cent with effect from January 1, 2011 will be restored and paid at 2010 rate (100 per cent) with effect from November 1, 2013.”

In relation to on-call/call-out payments, consultants interviewed prior to October 2012 received a flat annual payment of €3,857 compared to €2,430 for those interviewed on or after October 1 2012.

Further payments were made to consultants on more onerous rotas as follows: for those on a one-in-three rota, they received €2,234 compared to €1,407 for those interviewed after October 1, 2012; for a one-in-two rota, they received payments ranging from €5,577 for up to 80 call-outs, up to €7,058 for more than 121 call-outs, compared to a range of €3,523 to €4,446 for those interviewed after October 1, 2012.

Those on one-in-one rotas received payments ranging from €6,693-€10,460 compared to €4,217 up to €6,590 for consultants interviewed from October 1, 2012.

Various emergency call-out payments ranged from €52.31 to €209.65 with an annual limit of €22,303 for consultants employed prior to October 1, 2012, compared to a range of €32.95 up to €132.08 with an annual limit of €14,051 for those interviewed after October 1, 2012.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times