Thousands of frontline healthcare staff are nonetheless ready for his or her €1,000 Covid-19 bonus, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has acknowledged.
Speaking on Thursday morning, Mr Donnelly stated that the place attainable the funds shall be expedited as he’s conscious many individuals are counting on them for the summer time months.
The fee was first introduced on January nineteenth and is being made in recognition of frontline employees efforts throughout the pandemic.
Any healthcare employees who between March 1st, 2020, and June thirtieth, 2021, labored in a frontline setting that warranted their inclusion within the first two precedence sequence teams for the Covid-19 vaccine shall be eligible for the fee.
“The recognition payment needs to be paid very quickly. What happened after the Government decision is there was quite an intensive period of discussions between the HSE, the department and the representative bodies. Those discussions finished up, I think, in probably late April, so it’s been a few weeks now,” Mr Donnelly stated.
“I’m advised that several thousand have been paid, but obviously there’s many more thousands and I fully agree with the representative bodies and the department is working with the HSE to expedite that, particularly where it’s easiest, which is for our own direct employees.”
He stated the scenario is “more complex obviously when we are passing it on to the third-party providers because we have to ensure that the money is allocated in exactly the right way”.
Mr Donnelly was requested about frontline staff who had been left feeling demoralised by the period of time it has taken to course of the funds.
“No one should feel demoralised. This is a genuine recognition by Government and indeed by the people of Ireland of how extraordinary our healthcare workers have been. Part of the reason it has taken this long is because the department and the HSE have been engaging with the representative bodies and listening very carefully to what they want and they’ve raised very important issues”, he stated.
“We want to get it right. And we want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to it gets it. That has taken a bit of extra time and I understand people are looking for that. I have no doubt people want that in their bank accounts coming into the summer so that they can use it in some cases for their holidays or for their children or whatever it may be. All efforts to that end are being made.”
Among the employees eligible for the fee are consultants, nurses, lab employees, healthcare assistants, cleaners, porters, swabbers, vaccinators and administrative employees resembling receptionists.
The well being service is progressing the funds throughout hospitals and neighborhood companies for employees who’re eligible and rising numbers will start receiving it within the coming weeks, it’s understood.
Mr Donnelly was launching a report on secure staffing which units out a technique to find out the suitable variety of nurses and healthcare assistants required for Emergency Departments and Injury Units primarily based on the variety of sufferers presenting and their care wants.