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NMC's new phased fee payments option 'more popular than expected'


A new option to pay the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s annual registration fee through quarterly instalments has been more popular than expected, with thousands of nurses and midwives signing up in the first month.

On 27 June the regulator brought in the new payment system, which means registrants can either continue to pay the entire £120 fee at once – either online or through direct debit – or can now pay in instalments of £30 by direct debit.

In the first 24 days since it launched, 93% of the 10,000 nurses and midwives who set up direct debits chose to use the quarterly instalment option.

At an NMC council meeting in July, NMC director of resources Adam Broome said the regulator had planned for less than 93% in that time.

“Many registrants are clearly finding the service useful so we will continue to closely monitor the position”

NMC spokeswoman

An NMC spokeswoman told Nursing Times the regulator had expected that by the end of the year around 50% of people using direct debits would have opted for phased payments.

While questions were raised at the council meeting about the impact this would have on the NMC’s cash flow, the spokeswoman said the high level of popularity was not a cause for concern.

“As the first month shows, many registrants are clearly finding the service useful so we will continue to closely monitor the position over the coming months,” she said.

The new system for quarterly payments was due to be introduced from April, but according to NMC council papers discussed at the July meeting, this was pushed back to 27 June due to “the need to resolve issues identified when we tested the system”.

The option is currently only available to existing registrants, but the latest council papers said the NMC was “on track” to open up the system to new registrants as well from December 2016.


Readers' comments (9)

  • So the news is that due to the outrageous, inflation busting, enforced fees, penalising nurses, some can't afford to pay all in one go. Yet another reason why nursing is becoming more and more unattractive!!

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  • Agree with above comment - I cannot believe that the NMC are "surprised" that most nurses can't afford £120 in one go and are going for the quarterly installments option! Shows how little they really know about the people they "represent". They are so out of touch with us.

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  • I echo the above comments. Is it really any surprise that most of us will struggle to find the £120 for registration when our salaries are not increasing, not to mention the expense of getting to work, paying to park and general increase of "normal" living?

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  • Ha, we are still being fleeced big time. I still don't understand why nurses didn't get together and simply refuse to pay this outrageous annual "tax" on jobs which pays for very nice London offices. I bet they don't have to pay to park at work!!!

    Come on nurses, it's not too late to say enough is enough, we cannot and will not pay this fee.

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  • It is disgusting that nurses have to pay £120 to "protect the public" It amounts to about £100,000,000 a year. For what? A lot of LLBs & paralegals sitting pronouncing judgement on a profession they know squiddly dot about.
    Whats the bet the fees will be up tp £150 before next year. The LLBs will need a pay rise

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  • Any really serious cases will have to go through the courts, so it really makes you wonder what they do at all.

    I have seen no improvement in regulation of the profession in the time since I paid my "for life" registration fee, which rapidly became government sponsored extortion with no clear benefits to the profession or the patients it serves.

    Nice offices and carpets though, why it cant be a unit on a trading estate in Birmingham I am not sure.

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  • Totally agree with all the comments above....Think there should be a monthly option to pay which would help me and I suspect many others.

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  • Totally agree with above comments, £120 a year is excessive, we are continuously informed that we are a profession, expected to work unsociable hours and public holidays though are one of the lowest paid professions and recieved 1% rise this year. I understand it was the career we choose though 15 years ago I didn't have a family and house to keep.
    The fees were increased and soon after The Nmc devised revalidation (which we have payed for) now we are expected to stress out trying to ensure that we complete this in our own time which could be spent with our families. Rant over

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  • I've just set it for quarterly payment. I wish they had done it sooner.

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