Healthcare staff get special allowance

February 24, 2020

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The Hospital Authority Board has approved a special allowance for staff working in high-risk COVID-19 areas during the special emergency response period.


Hospital Authority Chief Manager (Patient Safety & Risk Management) Dr Sara Ho made statement during a press briefing this afternoon.


Dr Ho said the special allowance is a token of appreciation and recognition of the intense pressure and extra preparation time required for high-risk duties in caring for and managing suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients.


"According to the date and number of days working in a high-risk area, the allowance is set as 20% of their daily basic salary or $500 per day - whichever is higher.


"The allowance is with retrospective effect from January 25 and will be applicable until the lowering of the emergency response level," she added.

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