Overtime rate increase from July 1 flagged to NCHDs

IMO to claim additional payment for intern training prior to induction week

Non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) are being urged to be aware that their overtime rates are to return to time and a half from next Thursday, July 1 2021.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has advised that under the Public Service Agreement (Building Momentum), the overtime rate reverts to time and a half rising from a time and a quarter.

Although originally rejected by the IMO, the terms of the Public Service Agreement apply regardless as the IMO is a member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) which agreed to the latest framework.

Paul Maier, Senior Industrial Relations Officer, told Irish Medical Times NCHDs should expect overtime payment at the revised rate but added that the Health Service Executive (HSE) had not informed all hospital sites of the impending increase.

Meanwhile, he said interns at many sites have been requested to attend advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) or other forms of training, prior to this year’s induction week for interns beginning next Monday, June 28.

He underlined that the IMO intended to claim for additional payment for training taking place prior to interns’ induction starting dates.

Maier said that the IMO was dealing with the matter on a site by site basis and while they understood the difficulties in arranging ACLS training, he underlined that many doctors, especially international doctors, may not be in a position to attend prior to the induction period and should not be penalised.

Interns are to begin their ‘shadow’ week this year is on Monday July 5 and the changeover date for other NCHDs is Monday July 12.

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