Ireland -Hospital consultants reach vague and incomplete deal -September 17, 2012

Hospital consultants and the Health Service Executive (HSE) have announced that a deal has been made regarding new pay and working conditions. However, much remains unclear. As reported in last month’s newsletter, the consultants and the HSE were in conflict over a lower entry pay, more flexible scheduling and the elimination of the so-called historic leave, under which several hundred consultants are entitled to a final year off as a compensation for past overtime. Scheduling issues have been solved as a part of the agreement, allowing consultants to be scheduled in any five of seven days during night or day, rather than from Monday to Friday. The historic leave will be referred to the labour court for non-binding adjudication and the issues of rest days and second opinion fees for binding adjudication. Whilst no agreement was found on lower entry rates for new consultants, the HSE has announced it will unilaterally press ahead with the measure, lowering annual salaries by about €50,000.



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