The HSE urged giving a pandemic bonus update “out of respect” to staff still dealing with Covid


That HSE has been urged to give staff still dealing with Covid an immediate update on the status of the government’s promised pandemic recognition bonus “out of respect”.

In a letter yesterday, health unions said a commitment had been made to issue the payments by the end of March.

Healthcare workers are expected to receive a tax-free payment of €600 or €1,000 depending on the hours they worked while exposed to the virus.

“It has now been 12 weeks since the government made its announcement on January 19, 2022, which included a commitment to make the payments by March 31, 2022,” it said.

“We would welcome a degree of expediency on the part of the HSE and the Department of Health in relation to this matter.”

The letter states that the unions’ last meeting with the HSE and the department was on 31 March.

They requested further amendments to a circular drawn up by the HSE and the department.

They said it was their clear understanding that there would be an answer on April 1st. “We have since made numerous inquiries to the HSE and Department of Health and were told we would be receiving the draft circulars shortly,” said the letter, signed by union boss Tony Fitzpatrick’s staff panel.

Unions said they wanted an update regarding the “significant delay” in the response to include the revised draft circulars.

They said they understood they had signed the circulars, but they are now being reviewed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

“Out of respect for the members we represent who work across the healthcare community (still dealing with Covid-19) we would appreciate it if you would provide an immediate update setting out what is causing the delay and the timeline They expect to be able to share the revised draft circulars with unions.” The HSE urged giving a pandemic bonus update “out of respect” to staff still dealing with Covid

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