AQW 14254/17-22


Mrs Dolores Kelly
Social Democratic and Labour Party
Upper Bann


Tabled Date: 08/02/2021
Answered On Date: 25/02/2021
Priority Written: Yes


Question:
To ask the Minister of Health whether the recently announced Health Service recognition payment will extend to (i) high street dental staff; and (ii) community pharmacy staff.


Answer:
The recently announced scheme for bonus recognition payments will, subject to the meeting of certain eligibility criteria, extend to all health and care staff that have worked and contributed to delivering health and care services during the pandemic. This includes general dental and community pharmacy staff.
My officials are now working with the Health and Social Care Board and will work with all relevant professional representative bodies to finalise the details of the scheme. This will include details and to identify the numbers of staff that may be eligible for this bonus payment.