Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1087)

Seán Haughey

Question:

1087. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health his plans to restore pay equality for hospital consultants appointed post-2012; if he will put in place a process to deal with this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20000/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Public Service Pay Commission proposed that the Parties to the Public Service Stability Agreement jointly consider what further measures could be taken, over time, beyond the incremental credit adjustments, to address the pay differential between pre-existing consultants and new entrant consultants which has increased following the settlement of the 2008 Consultant Contract claim.

Last month, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform stated that outstanding matters relating to new entrant pay will be given full consideration either by any pay review mechanism agreed by the relevant parties; or in the context of the next round of pay talks. My Department has been in contact with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to this. Any process involving the matter of pay for any public servant will, by its very nature, require the involvement of that Department.