Almost one thousand individuals had their professional practice rights revoked by Valvira at their own request in 2022
Valvira revoked the professional practice rights of 997 individuals who asked to have their rights revoked themselves in 2022. The figure is considerably higher than during the previous year, when just 46 individuals requested the revocation of their rights. Of the individuals who asked to have their rights revoked, 657 were practical nurses with a protected occupational title and 289 were licensed nurses. The number of individuals who asked to have their professional practice rights revoked is nevertheless still only a fraction of the total number of professionals registered with Valvira.
It is not possible to draw any conclusions on the reasons why these individuals wished to give up their professional practice rights based on their applications. Applications to have professional practice rights revoked do not need to provide reasons, and any reasons that are provided are not analysed statistically. With that said, reasons given by applicants have included, among others, embarking on a new career, retirement, health reasons and disapproval of recent developments in the health care sector, such as the reform of patient safety legislation and the legal requirement for health care staff to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
Individuals who have had their right to practise or use a protected occupational title revoked can apply to have their rights reinstated by Valvira. A total of 10 individuals who had previously chosen to give up their professional practice rights successfully applied to have their rights reinstated in 2022.
Senior Officer, Legal Affairs Pia Wistrand-Alvesalo, +358 (0)29 520 9311