Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Health
440. To ask the Minister for Health the detail of the 12,500 additional health care staff posts following the recent announcement by the HSE in view of the fact that almost €1 million is spent daily on agency staff; and if all posts will be directly employed by the HSE. [29645/20]
441. To ask the Minister for Health the policy of the HSE with regard to administrative hospital staff working from home where possible during the Covid-19 pandemic (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29654/20]
The 'Guidance and FAQs for Public Health Service Employers and Employees' document, prepared for the public service by DPER sets out in Section 1.1 who should attend their employers premises. It states that each employer will determine the roles that it considers essential to attend the workplace. This service need of each employer will be the deciding factor in the decision making process.
A copy of this document is available to view at this website:
As the employer being referred to is under the aegis of the HSE (Crumlin Childrens Hospital), I have referred the matter to them, for a direct reply to the Deputy on this operational matter.