Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (287)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

287. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the changes made to the size and make-up of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI, board since the publication of a report in 2015 (details supplied). [11581/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The composition of the Board is set out in the Nurses and Midwifes Act 2011. The membership is set to ensure the Board reflects the range of skills, competencies and experience required to enable it to fulfil its statutory obligations.

The report referred to by the Deputy was a full organisational review of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. It contained a number of recommendations, one of which was that the Department of Health review the legislation governing the NMBI and consider a reduction in the size of the NMBI Board.

The membership of the Board is in line with other regulators under the aegis of this Department and, furthermore, has 23 members which is 21% less than that of its predecessor, An Board Altranais. In light of this, while the recommendation has not yet been progressed, it remains under review within the constrains of the pressing legislative demands of this Department.