Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (289)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

289. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a national ambulance service, NAS, paramedic intern used accommodation in a campsite due to the fact that the intern could not afford to rent accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11583/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I am not in a position to comment on individuals cases such as that outlined by the Deputy.

However, I can respond in general terms about forthcoming increases in public service pay which will benefit all employees, including intern grades. In 2017, the Government agreed an overall Public Service Stability Agreement with public sector unions which sees very significant increases in public service pay, including for intern grades.

From January 2018, public service staff received a 1% pay rise with a further 1% increase in October 2018. In addition, staff earning up to €30,000 received a further 1% rise in January 2019. Pay increases still to come include a 1.75% cent increase in September 2019 for all staff. A further rise of 0.5% will be put in place for those on salaries of up to €32,000 in January 2020. Finally, all staff will get an additional 2% increase in October 2020.