The HSE is advising people in the Mid West to always be satisfied that people presenting at their home as HSE staff are genuine. All HSE staff carry official ID.
The warning comes after a report that someone may have tried to access a premises or home using false ID.
HSE area manager for the Mid West, Bernard Gloster, said: “In most cases our staff know the public and the public know our staff. However, we are a large organisation and this is not always possible. We are concerned, based on a recent report in the Mid West, that the public need to be vigilant as, unfortunately, there are a small number of people who might try to use our identity as a means of gaining access to the homes of unsuspecting and vulnerable members of the public.
“We continue to work close with our staff and the Gardai in minimising such risk. Remember always ask for ID if you don’t know the person and even never let someone into your home until you are completely satisfied they are genuine.”
A HSE spokesperson said this Thursday that most people had an ongoing relationship with their HSE staff in the community and this is not a problem. However when a home visit is taking place on a one off basis or new staff are appointed, the public don’t necessarily know the staff involved.
In such cases it is always advisable to ask for ID, they said.
If the public are not satisfied with the ID then they should ask for the office number of where the staff member is based and call to check that it is genuine.
“If in doubt do not admit anyone to your home until fully satisfied,” the spokesman warned.