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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# healthcare workers

Yesterday
8th February 2023
# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
Last month
January 2023
# nhs strikes
UK government urged to reopen pay talks as NHS strikes continue
Ambulance staff and nurses are to go on strike in the coming weeks due to pay disputes.
Last year
2022
# Healthcare
Trade union asks Health Minister to extend Covid-19 payment to contracted frontline workers
The criteria does not currently include workers exployed by external companies.
# RIP
€100,000 to be given to families of healthcare staff who died due to Covid-19 through work
The Minister for Health said the scheme “offers some support from the state to provide for the family’s needs”.
# long covid
Nurses organisation says it wants long-Covid treated as a workplace injury
Talks between unions on new sick pay schemes are ongoing.
# long covid
'I have brain fog, fatigue, migraines': Nurses with Long Covid decry plan to end special leave
Healthcare workers have been receiving letters from their employer informing them that their special leave with pay will cease on 1 July.
# covid bonus
HSE 'still in process of identifying' health workers eligible for €1,000 pandemic bonus payment
The payment of the bonus was due to begin in April.
# essential workers
State will pay €100,000 to families of healthcare workers who died of Covid
The HPSC reports that 22 healthcare workers have died having contracted Covid.
# pandemic
Extra public holiday to take place on 18 March and healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus
In addition, from 2023 there will be a new annual public holiday at the start of February.
All time
# healthcare workers
Booster programme to be extended 'more widely' as under-60s with chronic conditions likely next
It is expected that the rollout of booster jabs to healthcare workers could be completed in a number of weeks.
# covid bonus
Taoiseach says bonuses or extra leave may not be limited to workers in the health service
Michael McGrath said the Government will be dealing with the matter in the next few weeks.
# recognition
Unions call on Taoiseach to solve row over recognising hardships faced by healthcare workers
The unions said said the delay was “deeply damaging” to the morale of all health care workers.
# HSE
Unions refer pandemic bonus request for health workers to Labour Court
The HSE said that it is expected that the recognition issue will be addressed in the autumn.
# Frontline
HSE staff who worked during pandemic should get bonus, Donnelly says
The Health Minister was speaking after touring the HSE’s Limerick Covid-19 vaccination centre.
# Front Line
Chief Medical Officer accepts Freedom of the City on behalf of all healthcare workers
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu conferred the Freedom of the City to Dr Tony Holohan at a private ceremony.
# on the frontline
Poll: Should frontline healthcare workers receive some compensation for their work during the pandemic?
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will call for the measure before an Oireachtas committee this morning.
# Frontline
Frontline healthcare workers should get pandemic compensation, INMO to tell Oireachtas committee
An Oireachtas committee will meet with healthcare representative organisations later this morning.
# Frontline
Healthcare workers still in need of first vaccine dose to remain waiting until February
Current supply is being used to provide second doses to those who have already received their first dose.
# classy gesture
NFL inviting 7,500 'heroes' to Super Bowl
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the workers — mostly from hospitals and health care centres in Tampa and Florida — were being recognised for their service during the pandemic.
# vaccinated
GPs and practice nurses vaccinated at mass centres
A requirement for travellers into Ireland to produce evidence of a negative test result has also come into effect.
# healthcare workers
Varadkar says designating the Beacon Hospital as vaccination centre 'at odds' with its refusal to sign surge capacity deal
Beacon Hospital has not signed up to allow its ICU capacity be used by the public system.
# Front Line
'Frontline staff are at breaking point': Healthcare workers on the challenges of working during the third wave
We asked healthcare workers to tell us what they’re experiencing. Here is what they said.
Top Irish health official raised 'serious concerns' about travel advice issued by European agency
Varadkar's message to private hospitals: 'You need to make your doctors, nurses and ICU beds available in third wave'
# healthcare workers
Nurses made up 3% of all new Covid-19 cases in Ireland, INMO says
61 nurses contracted the virus in the most recent week for which figures are available.
# Nurses
INMO calls for isolation period for Covid-positive healthcare workers to be increased
Nurses account for almost a third of all healthcare worker cases of Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 infections among health workers are 'decreasing steadily', WHO says
Healthcare workers have since the beginning of the pandemic been disproportionately affected by the crisis.
# antibody testing
HSE launches widespread antibody testing for Irish healthcare workers
Antibody testing determines whether you had Covid-19 in the past and now have antibodies against the virus.
# HSE
INMO backs decision to publish ethnicity data for healthcare workers who contract Covid-19
Data from the UK suggests that BAME healthcare workers were more likely to die from Covid-19.
# flu season
HSE set to face difficult task in reaching flu vaccination targets for healthcare staff
Rates of healthcare worker vaccine uptake, particularly in nursing homes, remain low.
# Paid Parking
Dublin City Council introduces low-rate parking for healthcare staff as free street parking ended
500 parking spaces have been allocated for healthcare workers in city centre car parks.
# no charge
Dublin City Council ending free parking for healthcare workers near hospitals
Healthcare workers were not being charged to park in the vicinity of hospitals during the pandemic.
# HSE
Be On Call For Ireland: Only 209 workers given role in health service while 1,600 remain in a 'pool'
Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said that those who applied did so “in good faith” and that these staff will be needed ahead of the winter season.
# Coronavirus
88% of healthcare workers with Covid-19 got the virus at work
The INMO wants Covid-19 to be classed as a personal injury under health and safety legislation.
# HSE
Healthcare staff 'considered immune' for three months after recovering from Covid-19
Guidance regarding immunity and healthcare workers was compiled by the HSE.
# Front Line
Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse
The government announced that a childcare scheme for healthcare workers had to be scrapped.
# Cancelled
Childcare scheme for healthcare workers scrapped after only six providers apply
The scheme was launched last week and was due to begin on Monday.
# Covid-19
Simon Harris thanks 160 healthcare workers who live in Direct Provision
There have been 164 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among residents in Direct Provision centres to date.
# Covid-19
Healthcare workers to pay €90 for childcare each week under latest government plan
Trade union Fórsa has requested more information on what the plan entails.
# proposal
Frontline healthcare workers could have childcare provided in their homes
Dr Tony Holohan wrote to Simon Harris about the potential for “registered childcare workers [to] provide support” in a healthcare worker’s home.
# Front Line
HSE reverses position on pregnant staff following trade union pressure
The HSE had initially said that pregnant staff were safe to work with Covid-19 patients.
# on the frontline
HSE tells unions that where healthcare workers can't secure childcare, they can remain at home with pay
Previous proposals to support healthcare workers with childcare provision had been described as inadequate by unions.