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NMC plans remain 'under way' for possible registration fee rise


Work on proposals and a consultation for another increase in the annual registration fee is continuing, despite early objections from nurses, according to the Department of Health.

The DH revealed the information in a written response to a petition set up to oppose any further rise in the registration fee by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

In January, the regulator warned it was expecting to end the current financial year with a deficit of £7.3m, which it stated “was unsustainable in future years without a fee rise”.

It is due to formally review the current fee structure at its council meeting later this month, where it is expected to push for an increase in the fee from £100 to £120. Any such decision would then have to be consulted on with stakeholders, including registrants, before it could be introduced.

The NMC also attempted to raise the fee to £120 two years ago, but eventually settled for £100, after the government agreed to give it a £20m grant.

Unions have rejected another fee rise so soon after the last one came into force 12 months ago. A petition was also started in February on the government’s website by mental health nurse Stephen Iwasyk.

It has already attracted 68,547 signatures, meaning the petition is over halfway towards the 100,000 it needs to be considered for debate by MPs. The DH has already issued a written response to the petition – as required by government rules – because it has received more than 10,000 signatures.

The DH said it was “aware that on 26 March, the NMC council is scheduled to carry out its annual registration fee review” and in advance had taken the view that an increase was potentially necessary for 2015-16 onwards to “bridge a funding gap between income and expenditure”.

“As of February, the NMC reports that further work to develop proposals and a consultation document is currently underway,” it stated.

The DH added: “The department is aware that the level of the NMC annual registration is of key importance to its registrants, particularly within the current context of pay restraint and financial austerity. If, in due course, the NMC council does propose a fee increase, this will be subject to consultation where the NMC’s case would be scrutinised.”


Readers' comments (18)

  • So I don't get a pay rise and they put up my registration fee!! Yes NMC that sure is a good way to start a recruitment campaign for the 'best' people in nursing.

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  • If it goes up to £120 you can be sure there will be another rise on the way.

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  • When I worked for the prison service my employer paid the fee...perhaps employers in the nhs would like to this as a down payment for all the unpaid overtime worked...

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  • maybe the nmc should think of moving out of london to a cheaper building elsewhere.soon nurses will be priced out of a job if fees keep on least Dick Turpin wore a mask.

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  • Most nurses haven't yet claimed the tax relief they can claim on NMC fees, its about £25 per year.

    You can claim this at

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  • Some of us are lobbying very hard to try and prevent these proposed increases; what are the unions doing about this? Absolutely rock all!

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  • john warwick

    everyone who works for the NMC even junior clerks are paid more than a nurse is, stop the high salaries move to a depressed part of britian and stop prosecuting BS referals

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  • john warwick | 10-Mar-2014 5:20 pm

    perhaps publication of these salaries is needed to support your statement?

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  • Hearings Coordinator

    Salary £21,032 per annum plus benefits

    About the role
    The role of a Hearings Coordinator is to arrange and coordinate the timely and efficient scheduling of Fitness to Practise panels in accordance with NMC standards. A key part of the role is to ensure that all relevant parties are kept informed of any changes to arrangements.

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  • "In January the regulator warned it was expecting to end the current financial year with a deficit of £7.3m"..........Gosh - just imagine being able to run a company and spend as much as you like, then claw back the money form your shareholders! It seems that they have never heard the phrase 'living within ones means'. No of course not, they rule our professional working life - and there is very little we can do about it!!!!

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