Frontline healthcare employees to get €1,000 'pandemic bonus' cost – Newstalk

13.07 19 Jan 2022
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13.07 19 Jan 2022
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Cupboard has signed off on a ‘pandemic bonus’ cost for healthcare employees.
Frontline employees within the well being sector shall be given a tax-free €1,000 bonus in the event that they labored in COVID-exposed medical settings.
Ambulance employees may even be eligible for the cost, whereas an “equal cost” shall be paid to related employees in non-public nursing properties and hospices.
Nevertheless, employees in non-public hospitals is not going to obtain the bonus.
In a press release, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar stated: “Frontline healthcare employees will obtain a particular, once-off tax-free cost of €1,000 in recognition of their work in harmful and difficult circumstances through the pandemic, and for the 1000’s of lives saved on account of their efforts.”
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath stated: “Whereas no financial quantity may actually mirror the dedication of healthcare employees on the frontline, the Authorities believes it’s applicable, at the moment, {that a} once-off tax-free cost of €1,000 be offered for all eligible public service healthcare and ambulance employees, in recognition of their efforts.
“I wish to thank them for his or her dedication and dedication throughout this extraordinary interval.”
The cost will not be restricted to medical employees, and can apply to the likes of porters and attendants in hospitals.
Nursing college students and Defence Forces employees seconded to the HSE may even qualify for the cost.
Round €100,000 individuals will profit at a value to the state within the area of €100 million.
Some opposition events have already referred to as for the eligibility standards for the bonus cost to be expanded to all employees who had been on the frontline through the pandemic – not simply healthcare employees.
Folks Earlier than Revenue TD Paul Murphy stated: “If you are going to give a bonus to employees, it ought to cowl all frontline employees.”
Minister McGrath stated they determined to not develop the cost out to different frontline employees.
He stated singling out one personnel is rarely straightforward, however added he does not assume anybody can deny that frontline healthcare employees have been “actually extraordinary” over the previous two years.
The Cupboard determination got here alongside the affirmation that an additional financial institution vacation will happen this 12 months.
The additional public vacation shall be held on March 18th this 12 months, and there’ll then be a everlasting financial institution vacation to coincide with St Brigid’s Day from 2023.
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