Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (491)

Seán Fleming


491. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health if the HSE will facilitate all hospital consultants who were on the 1997 consultants contract that commenced before 2008 to switch to the 2008 contract arising from the High Court decision on 15 June 2018 prior to which the HSE was not honouring the contract until decided upon by the court; if the contracts will be made available to all those on such contracts and not only those that had taken a case against the HSE; if these consultants can be put on the SA A2 point on the pay scale in order to ensure there is no discrimination against senior consultants that were earlier entrants with more experience; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25553/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.

Section 57 of the Health Act, 2004, transferred a number of statutory functions, including the regulation of the number and type of appointments of consultant medical staff, previously performed by Comhairle na nOispidéal to the HSE.

Consultant Contract 2008 provides for the HSE determining changes in Contract Type for all consultants. Section 22 of the Contract, together with Appendix IX, sets out the arrangements that apply and the role of the Consultant Applications Advisory Committee. National Doctors, Training and Planning, HSE, administers the arrangements.