ALMOST 800 nurses will be struck from the nursing register for failing to pay their retention fee to their regulatory body, An Bord Altranais, for more than two years.
The striking-off application for 768 people was made by Nicholas Butler SC, on behalf of the board, to the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns. Nurses are required by law to be registered in order to work and to pay an annual retention fee of €88 to the board, which is the supervisory authority for the profession.
The judge said the number involved had "worrying implications". Mr Butler said many nurses may have gone abroad.