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Department of Health to seek increase in salary for new HSE boss.


davidcameron

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Government calls for freeze in incremental pay for public sector - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 23, 2013

The Irish Times has learned the Department of Health is to seek a review of the pay for the head of the Health Service Executive, Tony O’Brien.

The department said a review of the salary of the new HSE director general would be made after health governance legislation was passed. It said this review would be subject to any agreements made at the current pay talks.

Highly placed sources said it was expected the Department of Health would seek an increase in salary as part of this review. Any salary increase would require the approval of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
Why is the new HSE director-general not subject to the same set of rules as all other health service personnel?

Any long-serving administrator can do the job of HSE director general.

Why is the Department so afraid of the possibility of losing O'Brien to the private sector?

What is it that he has that the average long-serving administrator does not?
 


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The time to review O'Brien's "pay worth" is at the end of 2013 - and one of the key performance indicators should be if he actually manages to stick within this years budget! If there's another HSE budget overrun - then he should be in line for a hefty pay reduction!
 

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Must be some form of perverse incentive system.
All the immediate underlings will expect the same "adjustment" to stay "engaged " in the process.
How will Bottler and the dept big wigs sort that little quandary?
 

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Do the civil servants running the Dept of Health not understand, while nurses are being asked to take a cut in Sunday premium payments while at the same time a pay rise being sought for a new administrator, how supercilious this looks?

Are these people living under a rock or what?
 

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Over €1.7m was paid in expenses in the DoHC in 22 months since March 2011 up until Dec 2012. Of this €1,109,674 was spent on training and development and incidential expenses with €661,575 being spent on travel and subsistence in the dept.

"From March to December 2011 the Department incurred expenses of €270,995 on “travel and subsistence”. Of this, €102,401 was spent on home travel, €87,447 on EU Travel and €81,147 on non-EU Travel.

In the 12 months between January and December 2012 the Department spent €390,579 on travel and subsistence which included: €130,355 on home travel, €177,651 on EU and €82,572 on non-EU travel."

O'Brien was paid €1,299 in expenses from his appointment in August up until December while Magee didn't make any expenses claim during 2012.

Department expenses over
 

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The time to review O'Brien's "pay worth" is at the end of 2013 - and one of the key performance indicators should be if he actually manages to stick within this years budget! If there's another HSE budget overrun - then he should be in line for a hefty pay reduction!
Why is the HSE boss's contract not the same as the contracts of other HSE personnel, i.e. the fact that the HSE boss's contract is fixet-term, the fact that other HSE personnel's contracts are, unlike O'Brien's, not performance-related?
 

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Government calls for freeze in incremental pay for public sector - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 23, 2013



Why is the new HSE director-general not subject to the same set of rules as all other health service personnel?

Any long-serving administrator can do the job of HSE director general.

Why is the Department so afraid of the possibility of losing O'Brien to the private sector?

What is it that he has that the average long-serving administrator does not?
Of course he's not "subject to the same set of rules as other health personnel"

Have the events of the last five years not made it clear who carries the can? Not the head honchos, not the bondholders, not the banks......can-carrying is for the little people...

It is interesting to see the comments on the bottom of the link you provide. One poster "applauds" the government for slowing down the "gluttony" of PS workers....no word about our friend the HSE director-general..

So long as nurses, guards and civil servants are being fleeced, it's amazing the amount of people who are happy....what the director-general of the HSE is getting does not really bother them...
 

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Of course he's not "subject to the same set of rules as other health personnel"

Have the events of the last five years not made it clear who carries the can? Not the head honchos, not the bondholders, not the banks......can-carrying is for the little people...

It is interesting to see the comments on the bottom of the link you provide. One poster "applauds" the government for slowing down the "gluttony" of PS workers....no word about our friend the HSE director-general..

So long as nurses, guards and civil servants are being fleeced, it's amazing the amount of people who are happy....what the director-general of the HSE is getting does not really bother them...
You forgot teachers.... dont forget the teachers.
 

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Why is the HSE boss's contract not the same as the contracts of other HSE personnel, i.e. the fact that the HSE boss's contract is fixet-term, the fact that other HSE personnel's contracts are, unlike O'Brien's, not performance-related?
God only knows - keep at the back of your mind the way O'Brien was appointed first as the chief operating officer of the SDU and thereafter as designate general of the new executive all outside the public appointments process. Before that he was appointed to oversee the implementation of the clinical care programme in the HSE - and as Sarah Burke herself points out while he wasn't a national director his salary was way up the scale of a national director. If I was in any way cynical, I'd say he's getting rewarded for being Reilly's yes man!

James Reilly’s well paid advisors | SaraBurke.com
 

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This is not the first nor will it be the last time they do this. As long as they keep doing this public servants should say no to any diminutation to their terms and conditions. I would love to take a legal case on this - how can the gov plead inability to pay on one hand and do this on the other?
 

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Government calls for freeze in incremental pay for public sector - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 23, 2013



Why is the new HSE director-general not subject to the same set of rules as all other health service personnel?

Any long-serving administrator can do the job of HSE director general.

Why is the Department so afraid of the possibility of losing O'Brien to the private sector?

What is it that he has that the average long-serving administrator does not?

Exceptions must be made for exceptional people don't you know!

High fliers like Tony don't come cheep. :)
 

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New Croke Park deal to see Cabinet take pay cut - Independent.ie

Elsewhere, it emerged last night that Brendan Howlin's department slapped down a request from the HSE to breach the €200,000 pay cap for its boss Tony O'Brien.

In a letter, seen by the Sunday Independent, it is made clear that no breach of the pay cap would be sanctioned by Mr Howlin.

"Sanction is conveyed for the total annual remuneration package of €194,950 for the period of his appointment. No additional elements may be sanctioned for his remuneration package," it read.
 

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Exceptions must be made for exceptional people don't you know!

High fliers like Tony don't come cheep. :)
He sure saved Reillys hide in the Galway incident after the minister telling us his inquiry
would stand up to world scrutiny.
 

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God only knows - keep at the back of your mind the way O'Brien was appointed first as the chief operating officer of the SDU and thereafter as designate general of the new executive all outside the public appointments process. Before that he was appointed to oversee the implementation of the clinical care programme in the HSE - and as Sarah Burke herself points out while he wasn't a national director his salary was way up the scale of a national director. If I was in any way cynical, I'd say he's getting rewarded for being Reilly's yes man!

To beat it all, I remember Brian Hayes telling us on TV how lucky we were to have a minister
who as a doctor would have such hands on experience for that Dept,
When he appointed one of Harneys advisers,It was obvious there was going to be no change,
A man who i thought would be a great minister, turned out to be the greatest flop in our time.
Just look at what has happened health insurance since he took over. He is the largest shareholder,



James Reilly’s well paid advisors | SaraBurke.com
 

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To beat it all, I remember Brian Hayes telling us on TV how lucky we were to have a minister
who as a doctor would have such hands on experience for that Dept,
When he appointed one of Harneys advisers,It was obvious there was going to be no change,
A man who i thought would be a great minister, turned out to be the greatest flop in our time.
Just look at what has happened health insurance since he took over. He is the largest shareholder,
I was never under any such illusion...thankfully! It also seems that the IMO has poured cold water on his plans to extend free GP care to persons under the LTI. It certainly doesn't fare well for the introduction of free GP care by 2015 :shock:!

"The Government seems to believe that you can make something happen simply by saying it should. It plans to facilitate free GP visits for patients with long term illnesses irrespective of their financial position, yet they have no idea how GPs are going to manage the increased workload which this change will bring."
Free GP care plan unworkable - IMO - irishhealth.com
 

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