The majority of consultants, approximately 90%, are employed under Consultant Contract 2008. About 10% remain on the 1997 Contract, though this percentage is declining over time.
There are 4 main types of Contract available under Consultant Contract 2008, Type A - public only, Type B that allows private practice on site, Type B* that allows on-site and off-site private practice (for those who moved from the 1997 Contract), and Type C, that also allows on-site and off-site private practice for those who have taken up employment since 2008. At the end of 2018, the HSE's DIME system reported, for filled posts,1,690 Type B clinical contracts, 289 Type B*s and 156 Type C's.
The volume of private practice allowed for under Consultant Contract 2008 is, typically, limited to 20%. Consultants who moved from the 1997 Contract may be entitled to retain a higher percentage, where such a percentage applied under the 1997 Contract.
It is expected that the majority of consultants who move from existing sites to the new children's hospital will retain their contracts. However there is a facility within the contract under which consultants may apply to switch their contract type.