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NMC to discuss allowing registrants to pay fee in instalments

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is likely to take a major step next week towards giving nurses and midwives the option of paying the annual £100 registration fee in instalments.

At its latest meeting next week, the nursing regulator’s council was due to discuss the possible introduction of new rules, which would enable the NMC to collect fee payments on a phased basis as well as the current lump sum.

Council members are expected to agree to hold a public consultation on amending the NMC’s legislation in order to allow the move to go ahead.

An NMC spokeswoman said: “If they make the decision to proceed, a formal consultation will take place throughout the summer, with any rule changes coming into force in spring 2015.

“A period of systems and policy development will then take place, after which a system of phased payments will be introduced,” she said.

Council papers released ahead of the meeting on Wednesday stated that the Department of Health had “indicated its support” for the NMC to move towards introducing the option of phased payments in 2016.

“We are committed to developing this facility, which we know will be welcomed by registrants,” the NMC said in the document.

However, the papers also provided the council with an update on the unpopular proposals to increase the registration fee to £120 from March 2015. The consultation on the planned increase closes on 31 July. As at 11 July, the NMC said it had received 4,329 responses.

“Through August, we will be analysing the results and reviewing the narrative feedback before bringing forward proposals to the council in October 2014,” the papers stated.

Readers' comments (14)

  • Sounds like a precursor to a substantial increase in fees to me. Far beyond £120 I fear.....

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  • Why not just abolish the NMC? It is clearly unfit for purpose, and represents the interests of the public, not nurses. Why should we have to pay ever-increasing fees to such a shoddy organisation? It's about time nurses stood up for themselves and told the NMC that they are not prepared to keep on propping them up.

    Enough said......

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  • I'm afraid I must agree with the writer "25-jul-2014 12.24 pm", obviously the NMC is intending to raise the fee continuously regardless of the poor nurse's ability to pay, and know the only way they will get their money (and keep the NHS functioning) is to allow payment by instalments . Of course the benefit of that to the profession will be when a nurse feels she can take no more and moves on to a job where one is paid appropriately for the enormous responsibility taken, he or she can just stop the payments and not lose anymore money!!!

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  • it is so frustrating to be paying out this amount of money every year to be able to work - I've not had a pay rise for over 5 years now. I see no benefit with the NMC, l agree with others it's there for the public not to support the long suffering nursing profession, let's just wring a bit more £s out of them

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  • How good of the NMC to do this...not!

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  • Surely the fact that the NMC is considering this is proof that they know the fees are too high already.

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  • Does anyone know what they spend the money on, because there seems to be very little return for our fees?

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  • Hang on - they need to not only decide this, but then consult on it?! What on earth is the problem - paying in instalments is real/common life these days.

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  • NMC fee are very expensive, i have to go borrow extra money every year when the month of October arrives.
    I have never received pay rise for more than five years.
    I am i tithing to them?
    What do they do with these funds?
    They have never considered the nurses that are poverty trapped.
    Please NMC do not raise the fees we no longer have money to pay you.

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  • I'm interested to learn that so few of you understand that the role of the NMC is as a statutory body to regulate the nursing profession in the UK. This role is consistent with other nurse registering authorities internationally. So yes, the NMC "represents the interests of the public, not nurses." Nurses' interests are represented by professional organisations.

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  • Lets see....
    Where does my annual fee go to?

    Airfares, train fares, to meetings across the UK - First class I would expect. And of course overseas meetings too as we all have to network somewhere.

    Then the pay increase these poor people have to endure and finally of course propping up a building in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

    Its a hard life at the NMC these days.....

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  • Why are people complaining that the NMC serves the public interest, not nurses? That's what they are there for, to regulate us and protect the public. RCN and Unison are supposed to represent our interests, not NMC.

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  • Surely given the pay scales of most nurses compared to other professions with regulating bodies, isn't it about time the employers were asked to foot the bill for the NMC?

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  • The NMC need to be a little more sensitive. Like so many I haven't had a pay rise in at least seven years. Why do they think it's alright to increase the fees we pay? The annual fee always gets taken out of my bank account on my birthday! Double ouch!!

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