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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: should nurses be helping to bail out the NMC through hiked reg fees?

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has proposed increasing the annual registrants’ fee to £120 from the start of next year. Is this justified? Should nurses bear the brunt of the NMC’s failing finances? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has proposed increasing the annual registrants’ fee to £120 from the start of next year.

This would mean an increase of £44 on the current fee of £76, which has not risen since 2007.

Should nurses bear the brunt of the NMC’s failing finances? How could the NMC have dealt with the situation differently? What do you think?

Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

  • 19 Comments

Readers' comments (19)

  • Ronald Luton-Brown

    I complained when it went up to £76 per year one of the reasons given then was for paying out pensions to UKCC and NMC staff. I don't have a pension through choice it won't be worth anything! This time its because too many complaints against RN's! The NMC dropped it's standards to allow people to complain about Nurses for trivial reasons (Couples splitting up. Not washing your hands after using toilet) The NMC offers me Nothing only to protect the public from me. We have courts for that! Also why don't we register with the college of training? They have all my original documents! Time to get rid of a government quango that is doing nothing other than making me pay for the privelage of being a RN and doing sod all for it! and think of the cost of just going to work? £120 NMC Union £22+ a month CRB £46 every 3 years travel costs to get to work well over £1,000 a year before all your other bills.

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  • Shouldn't the question be

    WHY "Should nurses bear the brunt of the NMC’s failing finances?"

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  • George Kuchanny

    Disagree strongly with you there Ronald "Not washing your hands after using toilet" is a big no no and you should damn well know this. This is disgraceful conduct for a healthcare professional. Why should I be exposed to the nasty germs on your genitals (probably also unwashed) if I have a drug in me that compromises my immune system? If that is how you attend to your personal hygiene perhaps you should consider taking a job in a scrapyard.

    I do agree with Anonymous 23-May2012 11:48 - Exactly, why should nurses bear the brunt? I do not see this as equitable at all.

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  • Strongly disagree with this - instead of the media reporting our so called super pensions at a Hugh cost to the tax payer what about discussing
    Our four year pay freeze
    Our £85 a month pension raise to get the same amount when you retire even after paying into it 32 years
    Union fees £22.50 a month
    Longer un paid hours to cover work demands
    Unpaid fuel expenses when going on mandatory course and to top it all a massive hike to call my self a nurse.Come on enough is enough isn't moral at an all time low anyway !

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  • George Kuchanny

    Quite so Anonymous 23-May-2012 1:57 pm.
    Morale is a very important asset in any walk of life, especially important in front line staff. Good managers know this and should be monitoring expenses accordingly. Even worse is that you may be paying income tax on purely work related expense because you cannot afford an accountant! Salt in the wound or what?

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  • Put simply…….NO.

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  • as a result of the reforms a new post is being created by the government in the NHS of

    Lord Chief Executioner

    anybody may apply, on site training given

    excellent salary, pension and fringe benefit
    attractive working conditions

    services offered at a discount rate to staff by negotiation

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  • Toby Ornottoby

    Messrs Cameron and Clegg are constantly telling us we (the public and the public sector) must be prepared to accept "across the board" "austerity" measures... why then does the NMC think they are somehow exempt from the fiscal measures being taken due to the current economic climate.

    Surely they should be doing what the rest of us in the UK are having to do (and have been doing for ages)... prioritize, trim their budgets, manage their income better and do without some of the things that others might consider to be luxuries and perks.

    For starters they could agree to a four-year wage freeze for themselves or even volunteer to take a 5-10% cut in their ridiculously high salaries.

    These initial two measures alone would obviate the need for any price hike in the NMC registration fee.

    They should also drop their over emphasis on the "Protecting the public" ethos and get back to the original mandate of their basic task of managing Nursing Registrations - something that they are currently failing to adequately address.

    To quote my daughter "Simples eh?"

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  • Toby Ornottoby | 23-May-2012 4:21 pm

    "They should also drop their over emphasis on the "Protecting the public" ethos and get back to the original mandate of their basic task of managing Nursing Registrations - something that they are currently failing to adequately address."

    obsessive compulsive disorders can be deeply ingrained and difficult to treat!

    How about reward and punishment for a trial run

    freeze registration fee
    freeze salaries
    increase retirement age to 68
    and...
    oh, dear I forgot the reward!

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  • and the big answer is..............no, we shouldn't...Why do the NMC think we should pay for their 'financial failings'.

    Does anyone know how much it costs the NMC to keep one individual nurse on their register - including postage, IT input, staff costs, the card etc.

    Is it really up to nurses to suggest ways the NMC could have dealt with things differently - isn't that their job?

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