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Thousands of Nursing Home Staff call for Pandemic Payment to be Expedited

Tuesday October 11, 2022

11th October 2022: Over 2,000 letters from private and voluntary nursing home staff across the country are being delivered to the Department of Health calling for the Covid19 Pandemic Payment to be expedited. Nine months after it was announced by Government, 40,000 staff from nursing homes that were on the Covid19 frontline are still to receive the payment. 

 

Staff from a range of disciplines within nursing homes assembled at the Department of Health today at 12 noon for handover of the letters. 

 

Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO said: “We received a phenomenal response when we asked staff to articulate their frustration having waited over half a year for a payment promised in recognition of their heroic efforts during the panemic. We asked for 1,000 letters from staff to coincide with the payment being €1,000 but over 2,000 put pen to paper. 

 

“Staff spoke of the extreme pressures they and colleagues were placed under, the traumatic loss of residents, the very serious emotional toll they experienced, exhaustion as they worked around-the-clock to protect residents, and the impact of Covid19 continuing to live with them day-to-day. The sacrifices undertaken by staff in nursing homes were phenomenal and immense. Yet the promised recognition has been considerably soured when we are nine months down the road and it is still to be paid to staff from private and voluntary nursing homes. Staff working in State healthcare settings have received it yet it is shocking and damning that after nine months, it has not found a means to roll it out to private and voluntary nursing home staff and others. The letters articulate immense frustration, anger and upset being experienced by staff in private and voluntary nursing homes because of the extreme delay in rolling this payment out. A general feeling coming from the letters is staff feel disrespected by the State. 

 

“It is appalling that the Department of Health dwelled on this matter for over half a year before deciding a tender process would be required. We hope the feelings articulated by staff will provide impetus for the payment process to be expedited and they will receive due recognition.”

 

Pictures are available from Maxwell Photography. 

 

Tadhg Daly is available for further interview. Contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive, at 087 9082970.