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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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  • Dear NMC
    I suggest:
    . move based out of London
    . reduce other overheads & running costs
    . charge those struck off the cost of FfP
    Nurse ready to give it all up.

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  • much lower fees than in many other professions but I wonder what you get for your money apart having your name put on list and struck off it if there is a suspicion you have done anything wrong. I suppose there is also a clubhouse at a smart address in London which you can visit and can attend any open meetings but I wonder what members' facilities they have such as bar, restaurant, restrooms, library, overnight accommodation, etc. where you can rest on a shopping trip to London?

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 10-Mar-2014 3:34 pm

    thanks for the link. I have never claimed as always forget but they are sending me the paperwork and say I can claim back £53.60 per year which includes reg fee, union fees, tights and shoes. Every little helps.

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  • Anonymous | 11-Mar-2014 7:03 am

    Are you on crack or just talking out of it? There's no bar or social club. We pay £100 for little more than having our name appear on a computer screen, oh an receive a crappy little magazine once or twice a year. We can no longer contact the NMC for advice as they've closed the lines. We might pay less than other professions, but then we're getting zero in return. The NMC needs to change radically before it even thinks about asking for more money.

    Personally, I'd quite happily register with some general health professionals body as the NMC is not a good advert for nursing and I think most registrants have little or no confidence in the NMCs ability to protect patients.

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  • Anonymous | 11-Mar-2014 1:22 pm

    We might pay less than other professions, but then we're getting zero in return.

    exactly what I was questioning! :-)

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  • Agree with above comments.

    What we're paying for is the risk that we could be suspended or struck off, and less to the Inland Revenue due to more claimed back (when people remember).

    As for Patients' safety. As far as I know, NMC hasn't prevented appalling things happening, if anything, extra stresses and costs involved might have caused more incidents.
    Processing all these cases (including those to be thrown out) cost everyone to pay for NMC salaries and subsistence.
    They can't strike off non-registered staff - out of their jurisdiction.
    Some people who shouldn't be in nursing/midwifery are eventually taken out for poor/bad/dangerous practice and good riddance to them.

    If it is for public safety, then the whole population should contribute, is that around £3 per person per annum (for those not earning, this small amount can come out of benefits).

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  • presumably the increase will also be to cover costs of revalidation although i am not sure where they have got to with that scheme and whether it is going ahead and when or whether it remains just talk. everything seems to keep changing at the drop of a hat.

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  • Anonymous | 11-Mar-2014 6:13 pm

    The next increase doesn't even factor-in revalidation; when that's up and running we'll be looking at an annual cost of much more £120 to reregister

    Revalidation is definitely happening as it is part of a package to make the NMC fit for purpose as a regulator. Maybe we can help shape what revalidation might look like in practice, but I think the NMC have made most of the decisions already.

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