Written Answers. - Consultants' Salary Increase.

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

150 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health if he has received a claim for a 25 per cent salary increase by medical consultants; if he intends to grant any such claim in view of other areas of the health service which require extra funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [760/94]

I am not aware of a specific claim for a salary increase for medical consultants. Under existing arrangements, the level of remuneration for hospital consultants is a matter for the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector. The Government has recently announced its decision that the review body is to be reconstituted and that the new membership will be announced in due course.