Nurses and midwives will have to pay £100 instead of £76 to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council from the beginning of next month, in line with the regulator’s decision to increase its fees.
The regulator has said the fee rise is needed to shore up its finances, which are under significant strain due to a major rise in fitness to practise referrals in recent years.
In October the NMC council chose to increase the registration fee from £76 to £100 for the next two years.
The decision to increase the fee to £100 replaced a previous plan to increase it to £120, which was roundly criticised by members of the profession. The regulator changed its plans after the government offered it a £20m grant to ease its financial problems and negate the need for such a steep fee hike.
However, the NMC council did discuss implementing the £120 rise in future, following the agreed two years at £100. But such a move has yet to be decided and would require a further consultation.
Its current registration fee of £76 per annum was implemented in August 2007, and generates income of £52m per annum.
An NMC spokeswoman said: “Anyone due to renew their registration on or after 1 February 2013 will be subject to the increased fee of £100.”
“All nurses and midwives who are due to renew from the 1 February 2013 have now, as normal, been sent a registration pack. The pack now also includes information about the increased fee,” she aded.