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An Offaly councilor has been told that health workers due to receive the €1,000 Covid-19 bonus will receive it in the coming weeks.
Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick asked for an update on payment at a meeting of the Dublin Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum, saying some who had provided “quality service” during the pandemic had not received it.
The Fianna Fail adviser said the special payment of €1,000 was to be made to people working in HSE or agency services.
In response, the HSE’s national human resources director said that more than 75,000 people across the health service (statutory and section 38[services funded by the State]) received the bonus payout, beginning the week ending July 1, 2022.
“The determination of who is eligible is made locally but we expect around 100,000 employees to receive payment,” the manager’s written response to the forum said.
“While we cannot say exactly when the final payment will be made, we intend to have the majority of eligible employees paid in the coming weeks. We thank the staff for their patience as we continue to process payments. »
Commenting on the HSE’s response to his query, Cllr Fitzpatrick remarked: “All those who have provided healthcare to the elderly and vulnerable during this very difficult time must receive the payment promised by the HSE.”
In January, the government agreed to make what it called a tax-free €1,000 “recognition payment” to eligible frontline healthcare workers and paramedics.
An equivalent payment will be made to affected staff in private sector nursing homes and hospices who have been affected by COVID-19, according to a government statement at the time.
The payment was announced alongside the decision to make Friday March 18 “a one-time holiday” in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in remembrance people who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From next year there will be a new permanent public holiday established to celebrate Imbolc/St Brigid’s day.
This will be the first Monday of each February, unless St Brigid’s Day, February 1, falls on a Friday, in which case that Friday February 1 will be a public holiday.
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Michael McGrath said: Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Michael McGrath, TD said: “Collaboration and solidarity have been the hallmark of our national response to the COVID-19. All sectors of our economy and society have made and continue to make important contributions to help our country through the pandemic.
The Minister added: “While no amount of money can truly reflect the dedication of frontline healthcare workers, the government considers it appropriate at this time for a tax-free one-off payment of 1 €000 is awarded to all eligible audiences. health services and paramedics, in recognition of their efforts.
“I would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment during this extraordinary period. The payment, combined with the commemorative events that will be undertaken and the additional holiday, represents a balanced and timely recognition of the collective national effort that has been undertaken in response to the pandemic.
An Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, TD, said the €1,000 payment was in recognition of the “work of frontline healthcare workers in dangerous and difficult conditions during the pandemic, and for the thousands of lives saved thanks to Their efforts”.
The HSE has confirmed that not all workers will receive €1,000 as it is based on contract hours between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021 and will be pro-rated on the following basis: employees whose contract hours are equal or above 60% WTE (full-time equivalent) for his grade will receive €1,000; and employees whose contractual hours are less than 60% WTE for their grade will receive €600.
Some staff outside the HSE and Section 38 funded organizations are also eligible for payment, such as those in private sector nursing homes and hospices (private, voluntary, Section 39 etc.) ; eligible staff working on-site in Section 39 long-term residential care facilities for persons with disabilities; agency roles working in HSE; health care assistants (also known as home help, home care or home support) under contract with the HSE; redeployed members of the Ministry of Defense to work in the HSE and paramedics employed by the Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Heritage.