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Pressure mounts on nursing board over fee increase

Mr Buttimer has also said that meaningful engagement with nurses and midwives is necessary.

“This year there is an increase of 50 per cent in the Annual Retention Fee; it is going from €100 to €150 and is causing concern to nurses and midwives across the county. Over the course of two years these fees have increased by 80 per cent.”

The trust and confidence of nurses and midwives in the NMBI had been “undermined by these large increases in fees”, he said.

“It is imperative that the cost base is reassessed and the fee structure is reviewed, this process should begin with an immediate freeze of the proposed increase for 2015.”

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Mr Billy Kelleher has called on the Minister for Health to ensure that no nurse or midwife will be de-registered as a result of the dispute.

“I am disappointed at the lack of engagement we’ve seen from Minister Leo Varadkar in this dispute. All practising nurses and midwives are obliged by law to be registered by NMBI but a 50 per cent increase in its retention fee is excessive.

“I would like to know if the NMBI sought extra financial resources from the Government to meet these extra costs before turning to its members and increasing their annual fees.”

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