northernirelandworld.com 13 Jan, 2022 09:45 am

“Insulting” to exclude voluntary ambulance staff from recognition scheme – Sugden

“Insulting” to exclude voluntary ambulance staff from recognition scheme – Sugden
East Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden has described as “insulting” the decision to exclude frontline private and voluntary sector ambulance workers from a £500 recognition payment scheme.

“Private and voluntary ambulance workers are needed now more than ever to ensure seriously ill and injured patients can receive the timely care they need.“Vast numbers of other independent healthcare staff have been included in this scheme – it is baffling, not to mention insulting, that frontline workers in the ambulance sector have been consciously excluded.The work they do is incredible – all the more because many are volunteers doing this for the good of their patients and for the good of society.Following an Assembly question from Ms Sugden, however, Minister of Health Robin Swann said staff from the private and voluntary ambulance sector were “not within the scope” of the payment.

The Special Recognition Payment scheme for independent healthcare workers – those not directly employed by the health service – was set up by the Department of Health as a way of showing appreciation for the work of these health workers.“Minister Swann failed to give the reasons for their exclusion in his brief response to my Assembly question.

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