Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (625, 626)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

625. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if changes to circulars 064/2020 and 074/2020 relating to special sick pay leave for HSE health workers who tested positive for Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021 affect entitlement to sick pay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2757/21]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

626. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if HSE health workers who tested positive for Covid-19 in 2020 are entitled to special sick pay for the entirety of their sick leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2758/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 625 and 626 together.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform prepared an FAQ document in relation to 'working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19'. The content of this document applies to all those employed in the Civil and Public Services, including public health sector employees equally.

A copy of this document is available to view at this website, and section 3.1 sets out the position in relation to leave and pay for those who are absent from work due to Covid-19.

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/092fff-update-on-working-arrangements-and-leave-associated-with-covid-19-fo/