Sinn Féin supports nurses and midwives in objection to rise in retention fee – Senator David Cullinane
Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has said plans by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI) to increase the retention fee for nurses and midwives is unfair and will place an extra burden on already hard pressed frontline staff. Speaking in advance of today’s protest by SIPTU members outside the NMBI annual conference, Senator Cullinane said:
“The plan by the NMBI to increase the retention fee for nurses and midwives from €100 to €150 in 2015 is unacceptable.
“These are frontline staff working at the coalface in a chaotic health service that is underfunded, under staffed and badly managed.
“The increase follows on from a major increase last year and is totally unacceptable.
“It is very unfair of the NMBI to impose this increase on nurses and midwives who must register with the Board if they want to work in Irish hospitals.
“These workers, who are mostly female, have suffered significant loss in earnings as result of the government’s austerity policies.
“They have had to endure cuts to their take home pay, the imposition of the universal social charge and other government imposed levies.
“Sinn Féin supports nurses and midwives in their opposition to this unjust increase”.