A HSE internal audit has found that one staff member at Letterkenny General Hospital had been pocketing a €934 a year payment that had been done away with in 1997.
The payment had been subsumed into the salary scale with effect from July 1997 but even after this the member of staff continued to get the extra cash for another TWELVE YEARS!
The member of staff was not asked to pay the money back – which would be the normal practice in the private sector.
The audit also uncovered how some nursing personnel on reduced hours had been paid overtime without having worked the standard working week of full-time staff.
The report also found that overtime payments to senior clinical engineering technicians were being made on the basis of their basic pay, personal allowances and on-call payments.
This is against the HSE terms of employment, which state that with the exception of ambulance staff, overtime should be paid only on basic pay.
Another audit report into Sligo General Hospital found that maintenance staff were getting five “concession” days a year – their official entitlement is to two concession days’ leave at Christmas and Good Friday.
When the issue was raised with the staff concerned, their union stepped in to insist they keep the extra three days, telling the HSE their members would “continue to enjoy” the privilege.
The staff still get the extra days.
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