Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (275)

Paudge Connolly

Ceist:

350 Mr. Connolly asked the Minister for Health and Children if it is his intention to implement the task force findings of March 2003 recommending the setting up of a no-fault compensation scheme for psychiatric nurses; the commencement date for such a scheme; and if the scheme will apply to all health service workers. [3721/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

I met representatives of the Psychiatric Nurses' Association on 24 September 2003. Among the issues discussed was the report of the task force on assaults on psychiatric nurses and, in particular, the proposal that a scheme be established to compensate psychiatric nurses seriously injured as a result of assault by a patient. Officials from my Department prepared a draft memorandum for Government on the recommendations contained in the report. This draft memorandum was circulated to other Departments for their observations. Responses have now been received from all Departments and are under consideration.