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Hospital Consultant Contracts

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 November 2020

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Ceisteanna (1195, 1196)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

1195. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health his plans to achieve pay parity and address the two tier pay issue for hospital consultants both on type A, B and C contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32612/20]

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David Cullinane

Ceist:

1196. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if he has entered into negotiations with the health unions and representative groups on achieving pay equality for hospital consultants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32613/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1195 and 1196 together.

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 'Type A' Consultant Contract and the introduction of related legislation to support 'public-only work' in public hospitals. Those who take up the Sláintecare Contract, as new entrants or switchers from the current Type A, B or C Contracts, will benefit from the Type A Pay Scales currently available to 'pre-1 October 2012' Type A Consultants.

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.

A draft Bill providing for this legislative amendment is being prepared and it is envisaged that this legislation will be progressed as a priority. My Department will at the same time engage with the representative bodies on the introduction of the Contract.

Question No. 1197 answered with Question No. 1166.
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