Following the BC Nurses’
Union’s various and ongoing appeals for relief for nurses from the continued
fee and liability insurance costs, BCNU has now received responses from the BC
Ministry of Health, BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and Canadian
Nurses Protective Society (CNPS). All of whom justify the decision to raise
2021-22 college license fees for nurses.
The union is particularly disappointed in the BC health minister’s response in defence of the BCCNM, in which he justifies
its decision to raise rates given the increased workload the college has
undertaken in response to the pandemic and opioid health crises. In doing so,
the minister is not respecting the valid concerns of thousands of nurses nor is
he giving this issue the importance it deserves. Retaining and recruiting
nurses to provide the care British Columbians need demands more attention be
paid to deterrents such as excessive professional fees and insurance costs.
As has been the case for over a decade, BCNU remains perplexed as to why some
government employees may have their regulatory fees covered and yet, despite
outcries by nurses themselves and the union, the government fails to see the
impact this near-sighted approach has on contributing to the critical nursing
shortage facing BC’s health care system.
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