Friday, 20 April 2012
Health minister defends 160000 salary for executive
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has today defended the awarding of a €160,000-a-year salary to an executive at the Special Delivery Unit.
Lis Nixon has been hired on a short-term basis to deal with hospital waiting lists.
She will be paid €41,000 per quarter, or €164,000 year, and will report to chief operating officer Tony O’Brien.
Minister Reilly said that Ms Nixon is not an advisor to him personally, and has a proven track record.
His spokesperson has confirmed that more, similar appointments will be made in the future to deal with outpatients waiting lists.
Minister Reilly said that people will not care how much these executives are paid once the problem is fixed.
"We've gone out and got one of the best people in the world who has experience working both in the UK and in Canada," he said.
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