Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (742)

Finian McGrath

Question:

742. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position regarding placement allowances in respect of a person (details supplied). [10417/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE has in the past confirmed to all health sector employers that Student Medical Scientists on placement must be paid the monthly training allowance as set out in my Department's consolidated salary scales. This allowance was approved for continued award to new beneficiaries, following the review of public sector allowances conducted in 2012. The HSE has recently reiterated in clear terms to hospitals that this allowance should be paid to all Student Medical Scientists on work placement. I have asked the HSE to seek confirmation from the hospitals concerned that the necessary amounts are being paid.