Disability organisations - Who agreed pay deals?

HEALTH Minister Mary Harney is right to express her discomfort at some of the executive wage levels in state-funded disability organisations. She believes some deals break public sector pay guidelines.

Chief executives of some voluntary organisations providing disability services are paid up to €176,000 a year.

The minister awaits a value-for-money review of the 600 organisations in the sector. This seems a staggering number of organisations, but hopefully she will not have to wait for five years like those who sought similar answers from Fás.

The real question is how these pay levels were reached in organisations dependent on state funding.

Ms Harney should also ask if anything she has done might have contributed to unrealistic salary expectations and inflation. Maybe a value-for-money report on hospital consultants might help her get the right answer.


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