Just wondering what you all think of the massive paycuts that the HSE are trying to implement (quietly!) for frontline staff. Most junior doctors face a pay cut of 25%, in addition to the pension levy. This does not, of course, apply to Mr. Drumm et al. There's a decent article about it Sunday Business Post, or a fiery thread on Boards.ie.
I'm very worried about this, the thought of working 80 hours plus a week and only getting paid for 48 of them doesn't do the morale any favours! The thing that really drives me nuts is the comments by some of the HSE staff, particulary Sean McGrath, that we seem to feel we are "entitled (!) to overtime". As if working 36 hours in a row is a thing anyone would do.
The fact of the matter is, interns, junior doctors and the like earn in some cases twice as much as the average earner in Ireland because in some cases they are working more than two standard working weeks in any given seven days. This has a shocking effect on your personal life - the general surgical registrar might drive a Merc, but that's because on average they clock up over 90 hours in the hospital every week, and the divorce rate among general surgeons is astronomical! I'd be interested to see the time-cards for any of the HSE head honchos, and how many hours they rack up a week for their hundreds of thousands.
Anyone any comments?