For Written Answer on : 23/02/2023
Question Number(s): 277 Question Reference(s): 9418/23
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Health if he will outline the policy, if any, with regard to officials in his Department and staff in agencies under the aegis of his Department, working remotely or in a hybrid manner, where possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
My Department has developed its own Blended Working Policy based on the Blended Working Policy Framework for the Civil Service.
The policy framework can be accessed at the link below –
My Department’s policy was launched on the 30th of June 2022. In summary, all roles in the Department at Clerical Officer through to Secretary General grades have been deemed suitable for blended working. In line with business requirements, staff can apply for up to a maximum of 3 days per week working remotely, with the scheduling of attendance to be agreed with line managers. Line managers will consider each application on its own merits, noting that access to blended working should, as far as practical, be an option for all staff. Approval is subject to the remote work location’s compliance with Health and Safety requirements. Blended Working is not a mandatory requirement, i.e., staff who wish to work their full schedule onsite may do so.
I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to their workforce.
Information for other agencies under the aegis of my Department is being collated and will be provided directly to the Deputy once available.