Dáil debates

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

 

12:50 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)

I am very definitely the Tánaiste and am happy to confirm that for anyone who has not worked it out by now.

The fee is approximately €100. It is paid to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI, and covers the board's administrative costs. There have been calls from some people to waive the fee. I agree that it would be a really nice gesture and a further sign of appreciation to nurses for the work they have done in recent months, but it could not just stop there. What about junior doctors who pay their fees to the Irish Medical Council or paramedics who pay their fees to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council, PHECC? There are many people who have to pay a fee to their professional body. We could not waive a fee for one group and ignore the others.

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