The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence has just published the findings of its investigation into the nursing regulator, carried out at the request of health minister Ben Bradshaw.
The CHRE criticised the NMC for serious weaknesses in its culture, the conduct of its council and ability to protect the interests of the public. Click here for more details.
Ms Kirkland announced her intension to go today, though a date on which her resignation will have effect has yet to be determined. Following her departure from the post, she intends to remain as a member of the NMC’s governing council as the elected nurse registrant member for Scotland.
‘In their recommendations to the NMC, CHRE have stated that collectively and individually office holders and other council members should accept responsibility for the current difficulties and for their future resolution.’ Ms Kirkland said.
‘Although I have only been president of the NMC for a short time – 8 months, I share and take responsibility for the criticisms made by CHRE and I feel honour bound to do so,’ she added. ‘I therefore intend to resign as president of the NMC in order to maintain public confidence in the NMC and the important work the organisation continues to do to safeguard the health and well-being of patients and the public.’
Read details of the CHRE’s findings in this week’s NT.