Following SIPTU’s successful campaign of resisting the retention fee increase, the NMBI has released an important update for all nurses and midwives. In the following statement the NMBI refers to a recent meeting with Dr Maura Pidgeon. It concerns the consideration to remove nurses and midwives from the Register for non-payment of Annual Retention Fee 2015 at the boards next scheduled meeting on Tuesday 26th May 2015. Please see below statement: “The Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) will be considering the removal of names from the Register of Nurses and Midwives for non-payment of the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) at its scheduled Board meeting on 26th May 2015. Reminder notices were issued on 9th April 2015 to those nurses and midwives who did not pay their ARF for 2015. If you have still not paid this fee and you are actively engaged in the practice of nursing/midwifery (including clinical practise, education, management or research) NMBI have requested that you ensure your fee is paid prior to 26th May 2015. Otherwise you run the risk of having your name removed from the Register for non-payment and will not be able to practise nursing/midwifery until your name is restored to the Register.   If you already paid this fee directly into the NMBI bank account and did not provide your PIN at the time of payment your fee could not be allocated to your NMBI record,   as advised in the Reminder Notice you need to act immediately. You should urgently contact NMBI Accounts Department at providing all relevant details, (eg date of payment, PIN and any other relevant reference details) to ensure your payment is allocated to your account prior to the Board of NMBI considering the removal of names from the Register on 26th May 2015.”