Many frontline workers won’t receive a €1,000 pandemic payment until December – almost a year after it was promised

Many frontline workers will have to wait until December before receiving the pandemic payment bonus of up to €1,000, it was revealed today.

The ongoing delay in rolling out the payment, first announced on January 19 in recognition of her work outside the HSE during the pandemic, was highlighted today at the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Outgoing HSE chief Paul Reid said payment remained a priority across all hospitals and community services.

To date, approximately 123,000 employees have received the payment, including 85,000 in HSE organizations and 38,000 in Section 38 organizations.

“The HSE is working with the Department of Health to encourage the payment of recognition awards to staff working in other organizations that are among the types of organizations covered by the government decision,” he said.

An outside agency is now set to begin identifying those eligible in workplaces, including private care homes, outside the HSE.

Several unions representing the still-waiting workers made another appeal today for the handover.

When asked how long it will take, Department of Health Secretary-General Robert Watt said rollout should happen in November and December.

Regarding hospital waiting lists, Mr. Reid said the number of long waits has decreased by 19 percent for outpatients, 12 percent for inpatients and outpatients and 65 percent for GI endoscopes year-to-date.

Securing further progress on the waiting list and waiting times will be a key priority for the HSE throughout the rest of the year and beyond, he added.

The committee heard that all categories of staff have shown growth year to date, with the largest increase in staffing being in nursing and midwifery with an additional 1,104 staff.

All 2022 Nursing and Midwifery graduates have been and will continue to be offered permanent opportunities within the Irish publicly funded health services.

Asked about the pressure on GPs after the budget announcement to put 430,000 more people in the running for GP visit cards by April, officials said the plan was to offer more financial practice support to GPs. Many frontline workers won’t receive a €1,000 pandemic payment until December – almost a year after it was promised

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