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NMC to encourage 90,000 nurses to rejoin register in fight against swine flu

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to encourage thousands of nurses with lapsed registrations to rejoin the register to help out in a resurgence of the swine flu pandemic.

The NMC said it will be writing to over 90,000 nurses and midwives whose registration has lapsed within the previous four years.

Nurses and midwives are eligible to apply for readmission to the NMC’s professional register if they have worked as a nurse or a midwife during the previous five years for a minimum of 750 hours and have undertaken and recorded 35 hours of continuing professional development in the last three years.

The NMC said it was able to process correctly completed applications within two working days of receiving the forms and £76 readmission payment.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Kathy George, said: “The NMC is already working to support services to address any potential staffing shortages which may occur in the unlikely event of an escalation of the swine flu pandemic.

“We are doing this by writing to over 90,000 nurses and midwives whose registration has lapsed within the last four years and encouraging them to consider applying for readmission to the register.”

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  • Yeah right, like nurses are going to want to come back and pay for the privilege!

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  • If nurses have let their registration lapse then it is because they have no intention of working as a qualified nurse again. So why would they want to come out of retirement etc, etc. inless they are finacially rewarded

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  • I think it is a wonderful idea.
    Been retired for the past 4 years but have kept up with the annual payment to NMC, and if possible would love to come over to the UK from South Africa to help where I am needed.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

    Yours sincerely.

    Rosaline Kerrigan

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  • If nurses do pay to renew their registration to help out during a possible flu pandemic,would they be guaranteed a job after danger has passed? What would be the point if they were going to be be unemployed for the rest of the year?

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  • So, let's see if I have got this right, G.P.s are going to get financial bonuses for playing their part in a 'flu pandemic, we nurses will get 'thanks very much that will be £76, now clear off when the crisis has passed because there have to be cuts in health care costs.........' Yes, that sounds about right; you have to laugh or it would make you weep!

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  • If staff are needed for short term contracts for this `pandemic', the least they should be offered is a token registration fee. But as noted above - to pay for the privilege of GPs getting mega bucks (as usual) for the jabs - full fee is a joke.

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  • Nurses are not commodities that one can use, whenever and whichever suits it...

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  • Nurses will indeed be used 'whenever and whichever suits' because we are passive and allow it. Rock any boats and you will be thrown overboard and left to drown by our caring profession.

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  • The NMC will get [if all rejoin] £6,840,000 in fees.... bonuses for the executive perchance???
    Why would anyone pay for the privilege of nursing at a time of extreme staff shortage [we are assuming staff will be decimated by the flu too] and increasing risk of becoming ill.
    And where will the Trusts find the cash to pay them? Perhaps by sacking more of us after the pandemic is over?

    This sucks.

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  • Because NMC and immigration law made it more strict for overseas nurses to come to the UK, now where oh where do they get any more nurses but their own retirees?? funny in it?? They didn't see it coming, like making their own rules whenever and whichever suits them eh?..

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