The HSE has confirmed to its staff that payroll will proceed this week, following concerns over the effects of last week’s cyber attack on the HSE and Department of Health systems. In an update issued to staff this evening, the health body said this week’s payroll is based on returns submitted last week, before the effects of the attack on its IT system arose.
The HSE anticipates some further issues may arise next week, and said its focus is also on next week’s payroll and that it will continue to work on contingency measures when they become necessary.
Payroll staff have worked through the weekend and through the night to get to this point, making sure that those due to be paid this week will actually get paid, and have done so under particularly challenging circumstances.
Fórsa officials met with the HSE management this afternoon to discuss the issue, and the union’s assistant general secretary Chris Cully said Fórsa received a commitment that the union would receive another update early next week about the payroll run for those staff due to be paid next week.
Chris added: “The payroll staff have worked through the weekend and through the night to get to this point. They’ve made sure that those due to be paid this week will actually get paid, and have done so under particularly challenging circumstances,” she said.
HSE staff have also been advised that if they have any queries in relation to their pay for 20th May they can contact their local HR or payroll team.
In a memo to staff issued yesterday, HSE management said some variations between what staff are due to be paid and what they actually receive could occur, and that it would rectify any discrepancies in the coming weeks.
See also: Staff update: HSE IT Cyber Attack (HSE website)