Written answers

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Department of Health

Health Services Staff

Photo of Paul DonnellyPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein)
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179. To ask the Minister for Health if he will address the matter of special leave for a HSE nurse (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57687/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As is set out in the 29th September 2021 DPER FAQs for Public Sector Employees and Employers in respect of HR matters during COVID-19, special leave with pay (SLWP) is used in lieu of sick leave for COVID-19 to assist in the prevention of the possible onward spread of COVID-19 in the work premises.

gov.ie - Update (29 September 2021) on working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 for Civil and Public Service (www.gov.ie).

HSE Circular 34/2021 sets out under section 12 sets out that where there may be a reaction to a COVID-19 vaccination and the employee is unfit for work, then the provisions of the public service sick leave scheme apply. However, employees who display symptoms of COVID-19 after vaccination may be granted SLWP for COVID-19 provided they satisfy the qualifying criteria as set out in the DPER FAQ document. www.hse.ie/eng/staff/resources/hr-circulars/hr-circular-034-2021-guidance-and-faqs-for-public-service-employers-during-covid-19-in-relation-to-working-arrangements.html.


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