Written answers

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Photo of Mick BarryMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity)
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568. To ask the Minister for Health if he will take measures to expedite the payment of the pandemic recognition payment to eligible staff in the non-HSE and non-Section 38 sectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45905/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The HSE and the Department have been examining progressing the rollout of the Pandemic Recognition Payment to the list of 6 non-HSE/non-Section 38 organisation types covered by the Government Decision. This measure will be ring fenced to staff working ordinarily onsite in COVID-19 exposed healthcare environments. This shall cover eligible staff in:

1. Private Sector Nursing Homes and Hospices (e.g. Private, Voluntary, Section 39 etc.);

2. Eligible staff working on-site in Section 39 long-term residential care facilities for people with disabilities;

3. Agency roles working in the HSE;

4. Health Care Support Assistants (also known as home help / home care / home support) contracted to the HSE;

5. Members of the Defence Forces redeployed to work in frontline Covid-19 exposed environments in the HSE;

6. Paramedics employed by Dublin Fire Brigade to deliver services on behalf of the HSE.

Information will be published shortly for those certain non-HSE/non-Section 38 healthcare employees that are covered by the Government Decision and the process available to their employers to implement this measure for their eligible staff.

Once this process is published, the Department is keen that payments to eligible workers will be made as soon as possible thereafter.


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