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December meeting due on Haddington Road proposals

09 Dec 2013

By Gary Culliton.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has for the first time requested the IHCA to provide clarification on its position in relation to the Haddington Road proposals.

The Association, which received the HSE letter last week, will be considering it at its next Council meeting in mid December.

The Association was not included in the discussions that led to the pay and conditions proposals.

It is “strongly” of the view that recent pay cuts constituted a “clear breach” of the salary undertaking in the Croke Park agreement – the deal that preceded the Haddington Road Agreement.

The IHCA has opposed HSE moves to pay reduced salaries to new consultant appointees, arising from interviews on or after October 1, 2012.

Such appointments include serving, permanent consultants changing position after interview.

Locum, temporary and agency appointees have also faced salary reductions.

The IHCA has said the 30 per cent cut in salaries for new consultant appointees is “unilateral, short-sighted and will lead to Irish medicine falling behind international best practice.”

It will create significant difficulties in recruiting and retaining the calibre and the number of consultants required, which is not in the interest of patients, according the medical representatives body.

gary.culliton@imt.ie

Date: 
9 December 2013

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