THE HEAD of the board of directors at Milford Hospice has issued a “categorical assurance” to its supporters that any funds raised are solely used for patient care in Limerick and throughout the Mid-West.
Bobby Roche, chairperson of the board of directors at Milford Care Centre, issued the statement following adverse media attention concerning the use of fundraising income by certain healthcare bodies.
The statement revealed that its chief executive Pat Quinlan has a current salary of €110,183 per annum, in line with salary scales under the Health Service Executive.
The disclosure follows controversy surrounding top-up payments at the Central Remedial Clinic, which led to the resignation of its board of directors.
Mr Roche stated that the private, non for profit organisation does not have public sector status, but 75% of its operating costs are met by the HSE.
The centre, which provides care to some 1,250 patients a year, is reliant on nearly €2m in public donations a year to keep their services going, which cost in the region of €17m to run per annum.
The most recent accounts filed with the Companies Registration Office show that nearly €14m was paid out in 2011 in wages and salaries for 333 employees.
The accounts state that Milford will continue to operate in a “challenging financial climate due to reduced levels of public spending and an expected decline in voluntary fundraising”.
Milford is at any time staffed by around 350 people, including full and part-time staff, and 130 volunteers a week.
The directors of Milford Care Centre provide their services on a voluntary basis and do not receive any expenses or remuneration.
Peter Ireton, founder of the Limerick based charity Bothar and acting CEO, also issued a statement last week outlining that his salary is €88,000.
He said that since the fallout from the top-ups scandal, Bothar, which supplies livestock to deserving families in the developing world, has received hate-mail and its donations have been badly hit.