Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (585)

Marian Harkin

Question:

585. Deputy Marian Harkin asked the Minister for Health if he will consider a one-off tax-free flat payment to all front-line healthcare staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2634/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

It is widely recognised that our dedicated health care workers play a key role in our national effort against Covid-19. Their determination and commitment to assisting our sick and vulnerable to get the medical treatment they need, has and continues to be, very much appreciated.

Others across the public and private sectors also deserve to be commended for their efforts in combatting the pandemic.

A successor to the current PSSA 2018-2020 is imminent, with negotiations underway. It should be noted that cost increasing pay claims are specifically excluded under the terms of the PSSA. This means that additional payments such as that which the Deputy is suggesting, are not permitted under the PSSA.

Question No. 586 answered with Question No. 448.
Questions Nos. 587 and 588 answered with Question No. 499.
Question No. 589 answered with Question No. 488.
Question No. 590 answered with Question No. 448.