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NMC scraps plans for pointless election

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Plans for an unnecessary NMC election have been scrapped, saving the council thousands of pounds in a campaign, NT has learnt.

The government’s Privy Council passed a legislative amendment to the Nursing and Midwifery order earlier this month, which will create an NMC board that is appointed rather than elected from next year.

There had been uncertainty over whether the legislation would be passed before the next parliamentary recess, potentially wasting the NMC £400,000 in an election for six new members who would only stand for a few months, as reported by NT in May.

‘Following ongoing discussions with the Department of Health, the Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2008 was formally made by the Privy Council at a meeting held on 11 June,’ a statement from the regulator said.

‘The order contains provisions to cancel the election of members for England. It also extends the terms of office for existing members for England until the new fully appointed council takes office,’ it added. A new council of 14 members will be created in March next year.

NMC chief executive Sarah Thewlis, who announced her intention to step down last week, confirmed that the regulator had spent a ‘small amount on data cleansing’ ahead of the proposed elections.

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