But I digress
Fair enough, Sailor.
Saying we can't afford to pay them, well that's a different argument, but this "nobody needs to be earning 200K" sounds very Socialist. Should all private sector earners of 200K take an extra paycut also because "people who earn 200K can afford to accept reductions in their salaries"
If the "they-can-afford-it" argument is the one you're advancing, well that has to be the logical implication.
We have difficulty holding on to consultants as it is. These people really are "the brightest and best" with incredible skills and education.
I want the guy who is sawing into my child's skull to remove a brain tumour to be extremely well-paid. So what if "he thinks he's God". My child's life is in his hands so yes, I do sort of regard him as "God"
The lower-ranking public sector workers should be protected from further cuts. However, €200,000 (or even as low as €100,000) is a heck of a lot of money. Public sector workers earning those levels can afford to accept reductions. Either you reduce the salary budget or the frontline services budget.
Medicine should be regarded as a vocation.
Fine Gael TD and PAC member Simon Harris has identified this situation as the "two-tier" Croke Park deal, whereby those at the front lines and at the lower pay grades are doing the heavy lifting while those at the top have "yet refused to budge".
"It is most frustrating that Croke Park is clearly working in some areas, but not in others. It has to be dictated by those reforming the fastest and not dictated by the slowest," he said.
"We seem to have a two- tier Croke Park deal at play, with those at the top still overpaid and slow to reform. We can't have social partnership by stealth."
I personally don't care what they are paid, most of them deserve it. However I do have a problem with them being paid privately in a public hospital. All work done by them in a public hospital should be included in their wage.