Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (244)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

244. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health if his Department and the HSE will allocate funds to pay student nurses returning to work in hospital settings for placement in the coming weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26122/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE continues to fund the employment of 4th year student nurses who are on rostered work placements in hospital settings, including those scheduled to commence in the coming weeks and those 4th Year students who are to commence rostered work placement in 2021.

These 4th year student nurses on rostered work placement are paid at the approved rate as detailed on the HSE salary scale of €21,794 (annualised - psychiatric nursing specialism) and €21,322 (annualised - all other nursing specialisms).

In addition there are other supports open to all eligible Nursing Students:

- An accommodation allowance available for eligible Nursing Students which amounts up to €50.79 a week for the duration of the placement where it is necessary for the student to obtain accommodation away from his/her normal place of residence.

- A travel allowance is also available to eligible Nursing Students.