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Former NMC chief exec received £122,000 pay-off

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Former NMC chief executive Sarah Thewlis received a pay-off of nearly £122,000 after resigning last year, according to the regulator’s accounts.

The accounts for the financial year ending in March, published this week, show Ms Thewlis received £121,825 ‘by way of compensation in connection with the termination of her employment.’

Ms Thewlis resigned after a highly damning report by the healthcare super-regulator, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.

This had been sparked by a House of Commons adjournment debate organised by Livingstone MP and former nurse, Jim Devine, which claimed there was a culture of ‘bullying and racism’ at the NMC.

The crisis at the NMC was exclusively revealed by Nursing Times in February last year.

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  • Has anyone asked the NMC to explain why it was necessary to pay such a large amount in compensation?

    If the lady concerned was ineffective in her management role, why was she not the subject of disciplinary action as other employees would be?

    If she was not responsible, then why was she "encouraged" to leave?

    As a profession nurses need to voice their concenrs about this practice, as we are the ones who finish up paying for it.

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  • I cannot believe it! The NHS is potentially going to have a reduction in funds over the next few years and we pay off someone whose performance was perhaps less than satisfactory. Are we now following the bankers example!

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  • Wasn`t Ms Thewlis "asked to leave" because she was in charge of a failing organisation in which bullying and harassment were commonplace?

    Whyn then should she receive such a generous pay-off, and shouldn`t her case have gone to coyurt like Miss Gibbs in Maidstone?

    Maybe all NMC registrants should withold our registration fees until we get an explanation as to why they are used in this way?

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  • Well well well, Another non performer who who was effectively "sacked" gets a huge pay off, to go.
    As a nurse, if I was sacked for poor performance, I would be paid up to the day of the sacking and not a penny more.
    We nurses now pay a hugely increased registration fee. And no wonder, I hear everyone say. Big bills at the NMC and we have to foot them!!! I really do despair and am so glad my nursing career is at an end after 40 years.

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  • The NMC is there to protect the public!!
    Or did I hear a rumour that its real role is to reward the girls and boys who promote and condone bullying cultures. The payment of £122000 to one of the people responsible for this ingrained culture of bullying has helped me to consider my future. I have another 5 years to work, but this will not be in nursing, eventhough my skills are in high demand.
    I do accept that the situation may have improved and that there are some good, hardworking staff at the NMC.However, Im aware of recent unfair decisions, demonstrating that the NMC is not prepared to support couragous front line staff, but is prepared to allow mismanagement at higher levels. This will not be done in my name, hence no more fees to the NMC

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  • ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME ALL US NURSES TURNED ROUND AND KICKED THE NMC INTO TOUCH?

    WHY SHOULD WE BE FORCED TO REGISTER WITH THIS INCOMPETENT DISGUSTING BODY WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE SEEMS TO BE TO ACTIVELY WORK AGAINST NURSES?

    WE SHOULD HAVE A NEW BODY WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO PROTECT NURSES, NOT THE PUBLIC (THE PUBLIC ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH RIGHTS AND PROTECTION) AND WHO SERVE THE NEEDS OF NURSES, OR NO BODY AT ALL.

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