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Registration fee row could see hospitals facing even further reduced levels of staffing – Ó’Caoláin

26 January, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Caoimhghín Ó'Caoláin has expressed concern that the standoff between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has not yet been addressed properly by the Minister for Health.

Deputy Ó'Caoláin said 

“The issue of the increase in the NMBI registration fee is something that I have raised over the past few months, both in parliamentary questions and in engagements with the Minister. The NMBI unilaterally increased the registration fee by 50%, following on from an increase in the preceding year. The Minister has stated that this increase was not under his control and that he could not intervene. We then learn that the Minister has written to the president of the NMBI calling on that body to urgently enter into talks with the nurses' representative organisations on this issue.

“The NMBI has not yet faced up to its responsibilities in this matter. Minister Leo Varadkar must do more to ensure that the impending crisis is avoided. We already know that the health service is having difficulty recruiting an adequate number of nurses. It has also emerged that as low as a third of nurses have paid the new registration fee. The Minister must step in and solve the registration fee row that could see nurses de-registered and patients facing even further reduced levels of staffing.” concluded Deputy Ó’Caoláin.

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