Frontline workers must get additional leave – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

As alternative Government could follow Scottish example with £500 bonus


Frontline workers who have been running our hospital and community services should at a very minimum be provided with additional paid leave after they have managed to keep our services running through two waves of the Covid 19 pandemic.

21 weeks ago the Taoiseach promised me that he would look at the possibility of providing frontline staff who were both physically & mentally exhausted after the first wave of Covid infection with additional leave and now the Scottish Government has pledged to pay every NHS and social care worker a £500 Covid bonus.

“While all frontline workers, within our health services or other services including essential retail should receive some acknowledgement of the trojan work that they put in throughout 2020 by their employers”

“In particular I also believe the time is now right for Government to recognise the work of all frontline health workers. Many of our doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, cleaners, porters etc placed themselves at risk to go to work every day to keep us safe and to care for those who were seriously ill.

“Many of them made huge personal sacrifices during this time, including moving out of their homes and away from their families in some cases to keep them safe, while continuing to provide care not alone for those with Covid but also others who needed hospital care during uncertain times.

“These healthcare workers have worked long hours in extremely difficult circumstances across two waves on the pandemic, and we must now stop and recognise the work they have done on behalf of us all. These people have been selfless, and our country owes them a huge debt of gratitude.”

“As a result, it is disappointing that even though the Taoiseach gave me a commitment to examine such a proposal that I presented to him last July to offer additional paid leave to frontline healthcare workers, nothing has happened”.

“I would again plead with Government to take up my proposal or alternatively follow the example set by the Scottish Government and provide these frontline staff with an acknowledgement that recognises their sacrifices during 2020” concluded Denis Naughten.

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Nicola Sturgeon promises £500 for all NHS staff in Scotland