Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (846)

Joan Collins

Ceist:

846. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health when up to 500 unfilled consultant posts will be filled; and when the pay inequity in which persons employed after 2012 get paid less will end. [26616/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the filling of posts is a service related matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to the Deputy on this, as soon as possible.

At present 'new entrant' consultants recruited since 1 October 2012 are on lower pay scales than those recruited prior to that date. The Programme for Government provides for the finalisation of the new Sláintecare Consultant Contract and the introduction of related legislation to support 'public-only work' in public hospitals. The FEMPI Acts currently prohibit pay increases for serving public servants and will require amendment to enable pay increases for serving consultants who move to the Sláintecare 'public only' Consultant Contract. 

It is envisaged that this legislation will be progressed as a priority in the autumn and that my Department will at the same time engage with the representative bodies on the Contract in conjunction with the HSE and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.