Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (457, 458, 459)

Billy Timmins

Question:

457. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the current rates of pay for nurses at all grades; also their premium pay, allowances and increments at all grades; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11139/13]

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Billy Timmins

Question:

458. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the rates of pay for nurses at all grades for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; also their premium pay, allowances and increments at all grades for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; the reductions in pay for all grades for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and the reductions in premium pay, allowances and increments for all grades for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11140/13]

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Billy Timmins

Question:

459. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the levies, increased PRSI, reduced annual leave and reduced sick leave for nurses at all grades for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11141/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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.