Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:50 pm

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)

As I said earlier, I am not satisfied with the rate at which this payment is being rolled out to staff in nursing homes. I have asked for it to be prioritised for the Defence Forces, the fire brigade and other public sector workers but also for those who worked in the nursing homes. The HSE is concerned because it does not have the level of transparency over these private businesses that it has over community organisations. I have asked for a self-assessment approach whereby the money will be paid out but then, critically, there will be a very detailed audit of all that money afterwards so that any overpayments can be reclaimed and to ensure full transparency from those making the assessments.

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