Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Ceisteanna (471, 480, 553, 570, 576, 583)

Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

471. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Health the details of his engagements with the National and Midwifery Board of Ireland regarding the annual retention fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41793/20]

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Pauline Tully

Ceist:

480. Deputy Pauline Tully asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that while all NHS and social care workers in Scotland are receiving a £500 payment to thank them for working on the frontline during Covid-19, Irish nurses are having to pay a €100 registration fee to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; if he will request that this fee is waived; if not, the reason; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42847/20]

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Steven Matthews

Ceist:

553. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a campaign led by nurses that seeks to have the annual retention fee paid to the NMBI waived for 2020 to reflect their service during the pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43224/20]

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Christopher O'Sullivan

Ceist:

570. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if he will urge the NMBI to waive the €100 retention fee for nurses to retain their name on the live register; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43292/20]

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Patricia Ryan

Ceist:

576. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Health if the State will pay the registration fees for nurses and midwives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43345/20]

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David Cullinane

Ceist:

583. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if he will waive NMBI registration fees for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43386/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 471, 480, 553, 570, 576 and 583 together.

Responsibility for the regulation of nurses and midwives in Ireland rests with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

NMBI is an independent regulatory body established under the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011. While my Department is responsible for the oversight and governance of the NMBI, I have no role in setting or approving fees.

Under the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011, the NMBI is required to be self-financing, and the Annual Retention Fee is required to carry out their statutory obligations to protect the integrity of the practice of the professions of nursing and midwifery, and to protect the public. The annual retention fee was set by the NMBI in 2014 at €100 and is its main source of income in order to full these obligations.