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Nurses petition government over NMC fee plans

Anger at the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s proposed fee hike has led a group of nurses to petition the government to intervene.

As reported by Nursing Times, the nursing regulator wants to increase the annual registrant’s fee to £120 from the start of next year - a 58% increase on the current fee of £76.

The NMC said the fee rise was necessary to “protect the public” following an unprecedented rise in fitness to practise activity. A consultation on the move is expected to start next month.

But the proposals sparked an angry response from the profession, at a time when it is also facing cuts to pay, pensions and jobs.

One group of nurses has got together on Facebook to set up an e-petition on the government’s website. It calls on ministers to review the NMC’s plans and also to consider whether nurses should be charged a registration fee at all.

Any petition on the site that gets at least 100,000 signatures has to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

A member of the group told Nursing Times: “We feel that charging 675,000 nurses a total of over £81m for the privilege of maintaining our registrations is unacceptable and a potential 58% increase in our fees at this time is inexcusable.

“A lot of nurses resent having to pay at all, to be allowed to keep our hard earned registrations and this potential increase is devastating to many,” she said.

As of Wednesday around 7,500 people had signed the e-petition, which was created on Monday.

Readers' comments (14)

  • please get as many of your friends/family and facebook pals to sign this. we are now at over 10 000 ignatures in just a few days. we can't make a differencee unless everyone is on board

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  • WILL LINK TO FACEBOOK WHEN AT HOME

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  • tinkerbell

    signed

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  • Signed.

    Hoppingmad.

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  • This proposed rise in fee is outrageous. To have to pay at all is unbelievable but for goodness sake to have to pay 120 quid a year for the priviledge of nursing is nothing short of micky taking. Again, as has been said before, why dont the NMC move offices to an area which is somewhat cheaper other than their wonderful offices and address. I bet most Nurses would love to work in the kind of building that the NMC work in.
    Again, how much do the NMC spend when going about the country? What class of hotel and general expense account do they build up.
    I really do think that enough is enough. We should not accept this rise iin fees.
    I paid a one off fee, some years ago to the GMC. Why on earth am I having to pay each year now.
    If you actually ask the NMC to explain how our hard earned money is spent, I can guarantee that you will not get an answer.
    Why are we rolling over again and agreeing to pay year after year. It really is time to object to this.

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  • Signed and shared on Facebook

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  • I'm not on facebook but I should like the NMC to know that I think they are really taking the mick, I get nothing from them. I hope they read the comments that nurses have left.

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  • you don't have to be on facebook to sign the petition, nor do you have to be a nurse. this is the link
    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34101

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  • I've signed and circulated this within my nursing department.

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  • nurses are surprised at the recent poor turnout or RCN members to vote for salaries and pensions but in a country where the current average voting turnout figures according to the comparative international statistics are 61% so why would nurses be any different?

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  • Anonymous | 25-May-2012 8:48 pm

    how about copying and pasting the comments and sending them to the NMC in an e-mail or at least, but maybe less effective, send the link although there is no guarantee they would access the information.

    I already e-mailed Steven Ford and suggested his article and comments were sent to the NMC by the NT. His reply was rather non-committal. He said it was a good idea and he 'could' pass them on with the suggestion that 'perhaps' it could be part of their consultation.

    I think if everybody does their bit to express their dissatisfaction directly to the organisations concerned in addition to or instead of writing comments here which may never be seen by them, it might carry more weight.






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  • Toby Ornottoby

    All done.

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  • I am quite poor enough as it is! Band 5 salaries are nothing short of pitiful!

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  • 29,000 signatures, get the word out to your colleagues.

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