Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Ceisteanna (349)

Michael Noonan

Ceist:

397 Deputy Michael Noonan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason for the delay in replacing clerical staff on sick leave from regional veterinary laboratories; if his attention has been drawn to the burden and stress this places on staff who continue at work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2227/11]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The custom and practice in relation to Civil Servants on sick leave is that they are not replaced for the period of sick leave in question. The policy for dealing with work related stress is that the officers who report such stress to either local management or Personnel Division and who continue to work are made aware of the services of their Employee Assistance Officer. Officers on sick leave who cite work related stress as the cause of absence are referred to the Chief Medical Officer.