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Nurse starts petition against further NMC fee rise


A mental health nurse has set up a petition calling on the government to review the process through which the Nursing and Midwifery Council decides its annual registration fee.

The online petition was started last Wednesday by Stephen Iwasyk, a mental health liaison nurse at Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust. It has already attracted around 9,000 signatures and could be debated by MPs if it is signed by 100,000 people.

The petition was sparked by a warning from the NMC that its financial situation will be “unsustainable” in future without a further rise in the annual registration fee.

The regulator’s latest finance report, presented at the NMC’s January council meeting, shows it is 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”.

Mr Iwasyk set up a similar petition in 2012 when the regulator attempted to increase the annual registration fee from £76 to £120. It gained 75,769 signatures and prompted the Department of Health to issue a statement in response.

On that occasion, following much vocal opposition and a £20m grant from the government, the NMC relented and opted instead to up the fee to £100 in February 2013 for two years. However, the NMC’s financial strategy for the period 2012-16 allows for it to revisit an increase to £120 from March 2015.

An NMC spokeswoman said: “As the two years of additional funding provided by the government draws to a close, the NMC council will be reviewing the current fee structure at their March 2014 council meeting.

“This is in line with the NMC’s commitment to review fees on an annual basis,” she said. “The NMC council will have the final decision on whether a fee consultation needs to take place.”

However, the Royal College of Nursing “expressed its concern” at a potential rise in fees. In a statement it said: “The NMC is a body with a guaranteed income and should not rely on a financial strategy of squeezing more money out of frontline nurses.”


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Readers' comments (39)

  • Well done that man. I will be signing it after this! Nice to see the RCN speaking out against other bodies financial extortion.........

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  • The NMC needs to give up its base in London. Move to somewhere like Nottingham where everything is not only more competitively priced (think of the savings made in expenses as well as London Weighting on salaries and the one-off sale of real estate in Central London), but is also geographically less of a challenge for Registrants and others who have to attend hearings etc with all the follow on costs that are attached to that.

    Lets see the NMC put that to a members vote.

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  • Ellen Watters

    I have signed, and shared. It wouldn't be quite so bad if we could pay in monthly instalments..

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  • Stephen

    Thank you, you are a hero. It is with great reluctance that I have just sent NMC £100 - for nothing as far as I am concerned. The inexorable rise in fees is outrageous, and it's about time they were stopped. I will encourage as many as possible to sign the petition again - and hope we have 100% success this time. Enough is enough!!

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  • Tinkerbell

    Well done Stephen. Signed.

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  • Nurses and midwifes need to stand up and say enough. What do we get for our money? What is the specific role of the NMC for nurses and midwifes ? What are the efficency saving plans for the NMC ? The fitness to practice hearings take to long, sometimes up to 3-5 years before decision is made. Enough is enough!

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  • Well done, I just signed!

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  • I've signed it. Well done Stephen, I notice none of the unions give two you know what's about the NMC ripping-off its registrants!

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  • I am totally against yet another rise in the NMC fee paid for by nursing staff who are continually told there is no more money for wage increases, and why isn't the fee dependent on how much is earned? How can it be fair to charge a part time first year nurse the same as a full time manager!

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  • It's financial situation is unsustainable because it's mismanaged funds. Why should nurses bail the incompetent managers out? Nurses need to stand up for themselves. Enough is enough. Well done Stephen

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