Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (146)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

146. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide better terms and conditions for Traveller community health workers (details supplied). [47046/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE grant-aids a range of service providers under section 39 of the Health Act 2004.   The employees of agencies that receive grant-aid from the HSE under Section 39 are not public servants and are not specifically subject to the pay-scales approved for public servants. These employees have a private sector employment relationship with their employer.  

Primary Health Care for Travellers Projects are supported by HSE Social Inclusion in each Community Health Organisation area via Section 39 funding.  Each project employs Travellers as Community Health Workers to provide primary health care to the Traveller Community.  

Any individuals employed by section 39 organisations are not HSE employees, therefore neither the HSE nor I have a role in determining the salaries or other terms and conditions applying to these staff.  It is a matter for Section 39 organisations to negotiate salaries with their staff as part of their employment relationship and within the overall funding available for the delivery of agreed services.