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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 July 2022

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Questions (1636, 1637)

Mick Barry

Question:

1636. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if he intends to pay nursing staff working in a hospice (details supplied) the €1,000 Covid-19 payment for front-line workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39617/22]

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Mick Barry

Question:

1637. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if cleaners in hospitals that were in hospital settings and meet the criteria for the €1,000 Covid-19 payment will receive the payment if they were employed by a contractor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39619/22]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1636 and 1637 together.

Firstly, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all healthcare workers for their efforts during this most challenging period.

On January 19th, the Government announced a COVID-19 pandemic recognition payment for frontline public sector healthcare workers, to recognise their unique role during the pandemic. Following extensive engagement with healthcare unions on the matter, on 19th April the HSE published eligibility guidelines and FAQs, as apply to the HSE and Section 38 agencies, which are available on its website: www.hse.ie/eng/staff/resources/hr-circulars/hr-circular-012-2022-pandemic-special-recognition-payment.html. Payment is currently receiving priority across all Hospital Groups and Community Services in the HSE.

The HSE and the Department are currently examining progressing the rollout to the list of 6 non-HSE/non-Section 38 organisation types covered by the Government Decision. It is hoped that information will be published shortly for those certain non-HSE/S38 healthcare employees that are covered by the Government Decision and the process available to their employers to implement this measure for their eligible staff. This shall cover eligible staff in:

1. Private Sector Nursing Homes and Hospices (e.g. Private, Voluntary, Section 39 etc.);

2. Eligible staff working on-site in Section 39 long-term residential care facilities for people with disabilities;

3. Agency roles working in the HSE;

4. Health Care Support Assistants (also known as home help/home care/home support) contracted to the HSE;

5. Members of the Defence Forces redeployed to work in frontline Covid-19 exposed environments in the HSE;

6. Paramedics employed by Dublin Fire Brigade to deliver services on behalf of the HSE.

The above 6 areas only are covered by this Government Decision and all eligible workers will be paid in accordance with the overarching eligibility criteria in place.

Question No. 1637 answered with Question No. 1636.
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