Written answers

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Department of Health

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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182. To ask the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) working in a section 39 residential setting for persons with intellectual disabilities with Covid positive patients will receive the €1,000 bonus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15193/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Firstly I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all healthcare workers for their efforts during this most challenging period.

The Government announced a COVID-19 recognition payment for frontline public sector healthcare workers, to recognise their unique role during the pandemic. The measure will be ring fenced to staff ordinarily onsite in COVID-19 exposed healthcare environments within the period between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021. Those public sector frontline healthcare workers eligible for the payment will be directly employed public health sector staff working in clinical settings. A pro-rata arrangement will apply for eligible part time staff / equivalents and supernumerary students who were required to perform training in clinical sites.

The Department of Health will also introduce a measure for making a similar payment to staff in private sector nursing homes and hospices (eg: nursing homes and hospices that are private, public, section 39, voluntary etc.) that were affected by Covid-19. The measure also encompasses those eligible working on site in long term residential care facilities for people with disabilities (inclusive of those facilities whether HSE or section 39). Arrangements for this sector encompassed by this measure are currently being progressed by the Department of Health.

As the HSE is not the employer in these instances, the arrangements will require further analysis before finalising. It is important for the Deputy to note that eligibility will be subject to a number of factors and not solely based on individual healthcare employers / organisations.


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