SIPTU has warned that the threat by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to withdraw 20% of its funding from St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin would have a major impact on patient services and on staff in the hospital. In a statement on Tuesday (18th February) the HSE said that it "still regards St Vincent's University Hospital as being not in compliance" with its public pay policy and will cut its funding from Friday (21st February). This row between the HSE and the hospital follows revelations that senior executives at St Vincent's are in receipt of 'top-ups' to their salaries which is in breach of public pay policy. "A hit of a 20% reduction of funding, which amounts to €50 million over a 12 month period would have a severely negative impact on patients as it would hinder the ability of our members to provide necessary services. We are seeking clarification on how services can be maintained to a safe standard if this threat to withdraw funding is enforced by the HSE," SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said.