THE BIG QUESTION
The big question: Whose role is it to provide professional advice to nurses?
The big question: Is the NMC right to remove its advisory service? Whose role is it to provide advice? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to discontinue offering professional advice to nurses and midwives via its telephone line and email service at the end of this month.
The decision, which has drawn criticism from the royal colleges of nursing and midwives, is part of the regulator’s attempts to refocus on its core fitness to practise functions in response to concerns raised in January by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.
But Janet Davies, RCN executive director of nursing and service delivery, told Nursing Times: “It is quite unbelievable they are taking away what nurses regard as a useful service when they are trying to increase the fees.”
Do you think the NMC is right to refocus its efforts? Who do you think should be supporting nurses and giving advice, unions or the NMC?
Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine.