I propose to take Questions Nos. 457 to 459, inclusive, together.
The salaries and allowances in the nature of pay of all directly employed health service staff, including nurses at all grades, are subject to income tax, levies and PRSI. Details of the rates payable nationally, including increments, are contained in the health sector consolidated salary scales issued by my Department. The current and previous scales are available on my Department’s website – www.dohc.ie/publications. The rates of pay for nurses have been subject to the same modifications as the rates of pay for other public service workers over the period 2009 to 2012. The terms of revised public service arrangements in respect of annual leave and sick leave are also applicable to nursing staff.