Calls For Long Covid To Be Designated An 'Occupational Illness'

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The motion will be tabled in the Dáil today.

The government is being urged to designate long COVID as an occupational illness for frontline workers who contracted the virus due to their employment.

An amendment to the Social Welfare Bill will be tabled in the Dail today which could result in long COVID being listed as an occupational illness, allowing frontline workers to avail of long-term income assistance until they are fit to return to work. 

There are around 200 conditions associated with the illness, including extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, neurological and cognitive dysfunction.

Independent Roscommon Galway Deputy Denis Naughten says the health service is failing its citizens:

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