Families of health workers who died from Covid-19 can now apply for payment of €100,000

The families of caregivers who died after contracting Covid-19 in the course of their work can now apply for a tax-free allowance of €100,000.

The Minister of Health today (September 13) opened the Free of Charge Death in Service Scheme for applications after the scheme was approved by Cabinet in March this year.

The payment is open to the families of workers across the health system who have died, including general practitioners and other people working in primary care, including administrative staff, staff in disability services, private staff in nursing homes and throughout the health care system.

According to the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC), 23 healthcare workers have died after contracting Covid-19 as of August 17, 2022, with the majority of deaths occurring in the first year of the pandemic.

Speaking on the news, Minister Stephen Donnelly said: “Today is an important day and provides another way for us as a country to recognize the significant contribution our healthcare workers have made to Ireland’s response. Since March 2020 we have asked them to assume an unknown level of risk in their work and unfortunately many healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 on the job and a small number have sadly died.

“My government colleagues and I are aware of tragic cases where families have been left without an income at a time of extraordinary grief. This payment provides support from the state to provide for the needs of the family, while serving also of genuine recognition of the debt of gratitude we all feel across the country for the extraordinary sacrifices of their loved ones.”

It is possible that some claims will be paid at the end of 2022, but the majority are expected in 2023.

To make a claim, a family will need to complete a claim form available on the Pobal website. This should be read in conjunction with the Applicant Guidance document and completed application form and supporting documents can be submitted to Pobal in one of the following ways: a scanned copy submitted with supporting documents via email to DIS @pobal.ie, or send all documentation to Pobal by post to: DIS Section, Pobal, Building 1000, Unit 1102, City Gate Business Park, Mahon, Cork, T12 RY76

Full list of eligible worker categories:
Eligibility will extend to the estates of all workers who worked on the supply of:
a) hospital services
(b) therapy services provided by a member of a designated profession within the meaning of section 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (No 27 of 2005)
(c) services related to public health, including services related to:
(i) the identification, tracing and contact of persons who have been in contact with persons who have been diagnosed or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19, and
(ii) testing people for COVID-19
d) laboratory services
(e) drug and substance abuse treatment services
(f) palliative care services
g) pharmacy services
(h) primary care and general and specialized medical activities
(i) dental services
j) blood donation and related services
(k) tissue or organ donation and related services
(l) residential care services (including nursing, mental health and addictions services, services for the elderly and people with disabilities) and residential services for children
(m) home care, home help and other health services in the community
(n) social work and social care services (including disability services, mental health services, child protection and welfare services, domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services) and homeless services, including outreach services for the homeless
o) paramedical, ambulance and pre-hospital care services
(p) services provided by minor injury units
(q) maternity services
(r) food security and environmental services

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