Ireland's biggest hospital has come under fire for offering staff cash prizes to discharge patients faster.
As part of efforts to improve patient flow and to free up the beds of patients leaving the hospital - staff at St James's have been offered prizes of up to 500 euro.
The competition was promoted on posters with the word 'win' and a slogan telling employees 'the battle is on - don't miss out'. According to the Irish Independent, 250 euro was offered for the most improved use of the discharge lounge, with another 250 for the medical team that sends the most patients to the lounge before 11am.
The competition was due to run for four months from October to January.
A spokesperson for the hospital told the paper that the posters have been removed and will be redesigned and apologised for any offence caused.