Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that some student nurses and midwives will be allowed to claim a pandemic unemployment payment if they are unable to continue working part-time due to public health restrictions during the Kovid-19 epidemic.
In the early stages of Pandemic, many of the 4,500 students used to be health care assistants between their placements, at a time when enrollment was on the rise, and the attendance rate due to Covid-19 was rising.
However, part-time workers in settings such as nursing homes were forced to stop working there for fear of cross-infection.
As a result, some relied on income to pay for their studies.
Student nurses who have lost their part-time jobs will be eligible for PUP effective from the date of loss of employment.
Individual qualifications will be assessed one by one, along with proof of previous work.
A spokesman for the minister said that helping the education of all students, including nurses and midwives, was a top priority of the government.
She commented that all nursing and midwifery students must complete 45 weeks of supernumerary clinical placement, which is the best training method to meet the required criteria.
They acknowledged that Irish nurses and the Midwives’ Organization had raised concerns about the loss of income during the pandemic, especially in nursing homes, due to reduced opportunities for part-time jobs.
A spokesman said the INMO was informed last week about the development of PUP eligibility and that the Department of Health would work with the Department of Social Welfare to support students.
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Meanwhile, tennis leo Varadkar told the Daily that salaries for student nurses are under consideration but are unlikely to last until September 2021.
He was speaking during a meeting of leaders in response to questions from Sinn Fin.
The government last night voted in favor of the Solidarity People’s Resolution, which seeks to restore the salaries of student nurses and midwives engaged in placement during the Kovid – 19 pandemic.
Varadkar rejected Sinn Fനിin’s Pierce Doherty’s claims that he looked down on these students.
He said he knew very well that praise and applause would not pay the bills.
“When it comes to student salaries, this is something to consider,” Varadkar said.
The reality is that this student is taking advantage of nurses and midwives.
“They are being exploited, they are being taken lightly. They deserve more, not applause, not slogans, not platitudes, but they deserve to be rewarded.”
He said there were many unpaid students in Ireland, including students who taught.
Exemptions are provided for trained guardians and pre-registration student nurses.
He said student nurses must complete 45 weeks of training.
“It’s not fair to say they were taken lightly,” he said.
Additional Reporting by Mary Reagan