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NMC set to decide today on fee rise consultation

Nursing and Midwifery Council leaders are widely expected to agree to go ahead with a consultation on a possible registration fee increase this week.

The NMC council’s latest meeting, being held today in London, is scheduled to decide whether or not to consult on increasing the annual fee for registrants to £120.

Warnings that the regulator might be seeking another fee rise were sparked at its last council meeting in January. A finance report said it was expecting to end the 2013-14 with a deficit of £7.3m, which it stated “was unsustainable in future years without a fee rise”.

The consultation is an almost inevitable consequence of the NMC’s ongoing struggles to balance its books. In 2012 it attempted to increase the registration fee from £76 to £120. But, following a £20m government grant, the regulator opted to increase it to £100 in February 2013 for two years.

A petition calling on the government to review the process through which the Nursing and Midwifery Council decides its annual registration fee has now been signed by over 95,000 people.

The petition was started in January by mental health nurse Stephen Iwasyk. The concerns raised by the petition could be debated by MPs if it is signed by 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, last week leading NMC council member Professor Judith Ellis announced her intention to step down on 30 June. She is credited with helping lead the NMC through its latest leadership crisis in 2012, when she acted as interim council chair for six months following the loss in short succession of both its permanent chair and chief executive.

The NMC has also announced the appointment of Jon Billings at its new director of strategy. He joins from the General Medical Council.

Readers' comments (8)

  • Nurses should not be forced to make up the shortfall in the NMC finances just because this shower of incompetents can't balance the books.

    Nurses have no choice but to register with this failed organisation and until it has its house in order it has no business asking for a raise in fees.

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  • Pretty shocking and extremely disappointing that plenty have complained about the rise in fees yet it failed to get 100,000 signatures from across the UK to enable this to be debated at Parliament.

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  • I empathise with my colleagues who have to remain on the register. I resigned when my fee increased to £100.

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  • Anonymous | 25-Mar-2014 12:47

    The e-petition is still live until Feb 2015. It currently has 96,000 signatures so people are still able to sign!

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  • tinkerbell

    Perhaps the NMC could save shedloads of money if they moved into a portacabin like some of our patients on our hospital site are being nursed in. Seems like they've got rather a grand building there that could be turned into a hospital.

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  • Sell the building to the Japanese theyre rather good in turning those grand piles into luxury hotels. That would more than pay for the shortfalls in finances.
    Then perhaps the NMC can move into somewhere cheaper outside of London perhaps?

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  • tinkerbell | 28-Mar-2014 8:20 am

    Anonymous | 28-Mar-2014 2:18 pm

    well there's an idea.

    after all my very grand london club moved from its rather decadent building in Eaton Square to one outside london for reasons of cost. it was much less convenient but its functions remained the same and it made it no less fit for purpose and managed to maintain membership fees at a reasonable level.

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  • Apparently the NMC doesn't own its HQ buildings (doesn't account for the cost of its satellite offices in three other London locations).

    I remain convinced that the NMC should leave London and move to somewhere in the provinces. I have suggested Nottingham before now because that is an area that is acknowledged as being relatively cheap in terms of property etc. The fact that it is also closer to the centre of the UK despite being less than two hours out of London by rail should make it a no-brainer to everyone bar those who would lose out.

    We hear every week about jobs being lost or companies relocating, its about time that the NMC was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and realise just what it is like in the real world of operating to a budget.

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