- Category: COVID-19 INFORMATION
- Last Updated: Monday, 19 April 2021 13:53
Date: February 5th, 2021
I am writing to update you on our plans for vaccination of front-line healthcare workers in the upcoming weeks. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patients throughout 2020 and in January 2021, which has been the most difficult month to date for all of us.
CIRCULAR TO ALL PNA MEMBERS 29/01/21
Please find attached updated information on the current Covid-19’ vaccination program. As you know, the PNA has expressed its ongoing frustration at how vaccines were being distributed and the belief that some Mental Health settings had been left behind. The PNA issued a press release last Friday, January 22nd, and communicated with the HSE the many frustrating and infuriating examples experienced by our membership.
HR Circular 004 2021 re Further extension of waiver of abatement for specific frontline HCWs in the context of COVID-19
Derogation for the Return to Work of Healthcare Workers (HCW) who are Essential for Critical Services - click on the following links to view/download...
Please find attached Circular 073/2020 re Special Leave with Pay for Covid-19
Please also find attached Circular 074/2020 and accompanying appendices re updated FAQ’s re working arrangements and leave associated with Covid 19. Click the following links to view/download...
Following an engagement process under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), it has been agreed that the following arrangements will apply to public health service employees who are eligible for Special Leave with Pay for COVID-19 and normally receive unsocial hours premium payments based on their roster.
Press release reting to above:
Below are a few communications updates for you.
Public Health Measures
Since the start of the pandemic the HSE’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (AMRIC) has published or updated over 100 guidelines and protocols to help healthcare staff, service providers and the public reduce the spread of COVID-19. Three important new guidelines have been published this month and one update that reflect the Government Framework levels 1 – 5. Please familiarise yourself with guidance that is relevant for your service.
Please find below information regarding the current Covid 19 emergency. We wish to advise all our members that we are engaging with the HSE on a continuous basis and that all information is subject to change as the situation progresses.
We advise all members to make themselves aware of this information and advise. Each heading includes links to the current information available in relation to each topic.
03rd March 2020
Over the past few weeks there has been regular engagement between the HSE and the Health Unions.
A teleconference was held this morning and a follow up telecall will be held on Friday 06th March 2020.
The concerns and queries that have been addressed are available on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre Website www.HPSC.ie. Which is updated on a regular basis as the situation develops.
10th March 2020
Please see link from NMBI regarding a statement from the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to all registered nurses and registered midwives, in the context of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) which all members are advised to read.
Ask for help if you are struggling to cope or concerned about your ability to care for yourself, your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.
You can access a number of support services through the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit. Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit:
List of local Occupational Health office and contact details
Phone line to help healthcare workers
A dedicated phone line for all healthcare workers is available. It has been set up to give staff and managers information and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Please see Covid-19 communications from DOH/HSE re:
Thank you for your continuing support and sharing information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.
Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business - Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which began on Monday 29th June. You can view the measures that form part of Phase 3 here.
Ireland is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on society.