Independent Kerry Deputy Michael Healy Rae has called on the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and his Government colleagues across all three parties to waive the payment of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) €100 registration fee for nurses for the coming year in recognition of their great service throughout the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Applauded Then – Billed Now
“Having been clapped in this chamber only a few months ago by all sides of the house with Government ministers falling over themselves to tweet their support for nurses, they now find a little letter coming through their letterbox saying ‘pay your NMBI Bill now.’
The €100 fee is an annual retention fee, one of many paid to the NMBI which must be paid by January 31st of each year.
However, Michael Healy Rae TD believes that in the current environment it should be waived as a good will gesture to the Nursing community across the country for one year.
Nurses Have Nothing to Prove
“I think our nursing staff across the country don’t need to prove to anyone how vital they are and how vital they will be in the coming months and I’m appealing to the minister to ensure that the Government pick up the tab on this as a good will gesture.
“It is €100 per nurse. There are companies giving more to their staff at Christmas to thank them, surely it is not asking a lot to waive the payment for one year,” said Deputy Healy Rae and he concluded by asking for a statement to be made on the issue by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.
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