Clinical Setting


Above from left: Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Michael McGrath Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, at a media brief today following this morning’s Cabinet meeting

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

Public healthcare workers who worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic are to receive a once off €1,000 tax free payment under a plan passed by Cabinet this morning.

An additional public holiday and national commemorative event, in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on 18 March this year.

The Cabinet grappled today with who to reward for their work on the frontline during the pandemic, as well as the general public.

All healthcare staff who worked in a clinical setting, including hospital porters, cleaners and ambulance workers will be entitled to the bonus.


The payment will not be made to healthcare employees who worked from home, and is instead being directed towards those who worked on site, in a clinical setting.



Covid frontline healthcare workers to receive €1,000 bonus (RTE)

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14 thoughts on “Clinical Setting

  1. ANO

    It sounds like a form of hazard-bonus, so payable to all on site in medical facilities during the pandemic. In that context, excluding staff who were WFH appears to make sense.

    The amount might be on the low end but at least they’re not facing Nuremberg style trials for implementing a ‘plandemic’, so silver linings and all that.

  2. hmmm

    “in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic”

    Does that include those who died “with” or “from” this alleged COVID.

    And what about lockdown suicides? Are they to be acknowledged and remembered?

    1. Nigel

      Hmm on the campaign to have anyone from a vulnerable category who died of covid excluded from remembrance. Just to be scummy.

      1. hmmm

        Nigel still trying to claim top virtue spot as he continues to push a failed hoax.

        Who is the real scrum here?

    2. No more Maura

      Exactly ‘with’ or ‘from’ has been part of the scam from the start, you are right to point that out. I will have to chime in on the suicide reference tho, one good thing that did come from the ‘scandemic’ is that Ireland had its lowest suicide rate in a long time.

      1. Nigel

        ‘with’ or ‘from’ is part of the denialist scam, though, because it dismisses the deaths of anyone in a vulnerable category.

        1. E'Matty

          No, it accurately points out that not all deaths officially attributed to Covid were actually caused by Covid. Covid may have been completely incidental to a 95 year old in the final week of their life already with cancer, heart disease and other comorbidities.

          In the first year of this pandemic, in Ireland, more than 93 per cent of people who died with coronavirus in the State had an underlying condition (1,568 people), according to Central Statistics Office (CSO) data.

          Chronic heart disease was by far the most common underlying condition among those who died with the virus, accounting for 44 per cent of cases. Other underlying conditions included kidney disease, liver disease, neurological disease, respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes. These are not minor issues. These are normally the big killers every year.

          In that first year, just 5% of those who died had been admitted to ICU, which is strange if Covid was the prime cause of death as it is a treatable disease. Either there’s criminal negligence in failing to treat or medical staff decided due to existing conditions treatment for Covid in ICU was not necessary or would serve no beneficial purpose. Ah, but Nigel just loves virtue signaling and inflated death counts make that all that bit easier….

    1. ANO

      Has that been reported somewhere ?

      They would have spent a significant amount of time pre-vaccine working with patients and even when later moved to other duties may still have been working on-site.

  3. Slightly Bemused

    For the past couple of months I worked alongside some amazing people. I was not a clinical worker, but they were never clinical in their approach, only human..
    And for various reasons to do with my own idiocy I have been in the care of others in another setting.
    This recognition is not enough, but at least it is recognition at last for something all of us knew is well deserved

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