Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (947, 948)

Alan Kelly

Question:

947. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the reason he is refusing to engage with an association (details supplied) on the issue of the pay claim which it has submitted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38817/20]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

948. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health his views on whether the testing and tracing system is being jeopardised by refusing to engage with an association (details supplied) on the issue of the pay claim which it has submitted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38818/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 947 and 948 together.

My Department has met with the HSE and the MLSA on a number of occasions in recent months. As the matters raised could not be resolved, the issues were referred to the WRC with a first meeting held on 17 November 2020.

The Department recognises the valuable role performed by Medical Scientists who are one of the health care professions whose work is critical in nature and at the forefront of Ireland's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department is considering the issues raised by the MLSA and is engaging with DPER in this regard.

Question No. 948 answered with Question No. 947.