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NMC increases transparency on struck off nurses

The names of nurses and midwives who have been struck off or suspended will be made public on the online version of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for the first time from today.

Those subject to any interim order or final sanction imposed by the regulator will now be displayed on the NMC’s online “search the register” facility or 60 years, or until the NMC has received formal notification that they are deceased.

Previously, the names of struck off or suspended nurses and midwives were only publicly available on the hearings and outcomes page of the NMC website for up to four months.

The change, which came into effect today, is designed to enhance public protection and follows a recommendation by the Professional Standards Authority. It will mean the NMC comes into line with other healthcare regulators which already provide this information.

Members of the public can find the name of a nurse or midwife subject to any current sanctions or interim orders or have been struck off the register since 1 January 2008.

Suspension orders, conditions of practice orders and interim suspension and conditions of practice orders will be displayed on the public register while they are current.

The change was agreed by the NMC council in September, as reported by Nursing Times.

Readers' comments (28)

  • should be on a need to know basis only.convicted criminals have the right to anonymity .why should nurses be different

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  • jacques shunshion | 4-Jan-2013 3:19 pm

    I didn't know that but I agree. it is a total disgrace.

    does the same rule apply to all professional registers such as the GMC?

    I don't support singling out nurses from other professional groups for different treatment.

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  • What on earth is the reason for this? Sounds like another way to demoralise (and demonise) nurses to me.

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  • what sad and little minded ideas some have. It should also be published in that case for nurses paying the NMC the reasons some of the senior leaders left there.

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  • as a member of the public why would I need to know if a nurse was struck off 8 years ago? why would I need to know if a sanction had been imposed on a nurse if I am not planning to employ them?

    Margaret Hayward was struck off for reasons many people didn't understand or agree with and then voted nurse of the year.

    is this a way of justifying putting their fees up?

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  • malicious, exaggerated and false allegations against nurses are made which can also lead to sanctions being imposed on innocent people. will the names of all those involved be published?

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  • Sarah Stanley I totally agree.

    The only way to get your name off the 'naughty' list is to die?

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  • or resign before they have a chance to put you on it.

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  • Anonymous | 5-Jan-2013 11:04 am

    please don't suggest that. we don't want to see a rise in suicides among nurses through such meaningless but seemingly purposeful humiliation. It looks like the NMC with this latest act are making another attempt to threaten the whole profession and humiliate and punish them severely if they catch them out.

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  • please can we publish the names of everyone who has ever abused a nurse, physically or verbally.

    can we also publish names and details of every false allegation made against a nurse.

    can we also publish the names of everyone involved in 'promoting' a bully manager sideways.

    can we also publish names and details of every nmc employee involved in not doing their job properly.

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  • 'It will mean the NMC comes into line with other healthcare regulators which already provide this information.'

    Presumably the GMC already does this ?

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  • Anonymous | 5-Jan-2013 3:18 pm

    hopefully that is correct otherwise it would be targeting one group which would be grossly unethical and unfair. There are no comments in favour of this practice so far. I wonder how the general public feel about it?

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  • When you look at the registrar it is often possible to see people under investigation; who, when the charges against them are added up, are obviously victims of bullies. Yet I have never seen anyone up before the NMC for bullying - they get moved on with a bit of cash and a good reference - where is the fairness in this, and will this new ruling allow those victims to rebuild their lives.

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  • do the public have to pay for this 'service' or is this what our fee increase is for?

    are members of the public able to access those cases which were dismissed on the grounds they were malicious or false.

    are members of the public able to see which managers fail in their duty to support nurses and allow short-staffing, inadequate skill-mix etc. etc. to continue.

    are members of the public made aware of the NMC/CQC failings? and given the names of those responsible.

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  • Dear NT,

    could you please publish the length of time other health professionals names are available to the general public when they have been struck off.

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  • The ONLY thing I agree with here is to publish and be transparent about nurses who have been indisputedly struck off. But that should apply to ALL health care professionals not just nurses as a safety measure. I had a manager years ago who stole from clients and was jailed for it but managed to move elsewhere and get a job in the same area which is clearly wrong. The police should automatically inform professional bodies of convictions of health care staff because people in the same profession don't want to be seen as 'grasses' or have their name connected with reporting it. To publish suspensions and interim orders is a clear breach of human rights - innocent until proven guilty. Final sanctions should depend on what they are for i.e. reasons, circumstances etc as to whether they should be published as after all - who never makes a mistake? Who never has regrets? Who never does something that turned out not how they intended? Who doesn't deserve the chance to change?

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  • Agree with JAcques SS.

    BTW were you at Parkside MAcclesfield in 1978?

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  • You shouldn't have anything against your name until it has been proven breaks every ethical principle of law I'm sure.

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  • Don't remember being consulted on this either a much better approach would be for the employer and the person to know that sanction is on there - otherwise its open to abuse...

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  • seems NMC needs to increase the transparency of its activities all round both to the public and to its members on its register before taking this step.

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