Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (786)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

786. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will review an article (details supplied); if a similar gesture for front-line workers will be announced here by way of time in lieu or bonuses; if his Department has discussed the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6693/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Both I and my Department recognise 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.

It should be noted that the pursuit of cost increasing pay claims are specifically excluded under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement. This means that any additional time off, or bonus including additional pay are not permitted under the PSSA.