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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 1 April 2021

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Questions (318)

Michael Lowry

Question:

318. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1429 of 24 March 2021, if a guarantee will be provided that student radiographers will be treated the same as student nurses and midwives (details supplied); if student radiographers will receive a standardised travel and accommodation allowances, a pandemic payment grant and internship payment in their fourth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17740/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As set out in my previous response, radiography students do not receive an allowance to support time spent on placement as part of their course. There are no plans to change this.

Student nurses and midwives differ from radiography students in that, uniquely there is, in the final year, a paid salary when they are specifically employed on an internship placement.

It should be noted that across the health and social care disciplines, there could be over 8,000 students on placement in hospital and healthcare settings. Of this number, around a third are final year students. The length of placements and the activities performed during these placements vary between the disciplines. These students are not employees and in many cases the nature of the placement can, in the main, be limited to participation in an observing and a learning capacity.

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