Nurses will pay more for Royal College of Nursing membership from next year, it has been confirmed.
RCN members voted to hand power for setting subscription fees to the RCN Council for the next five years at the college’s annual general meeting last week.
The council has since met and agreed to increase subscription fees by 1% for 2014.
This means that from next year nurse members will pay £196.85 while healthcare assistants will pay £98.43. Student nurse membership will remain the same at £10.
Chair of council, Michael Brown said: “This 1% rise is the first since 2011 and will ensure that important frontline services such as legal representation, professional training and workplace support remain protected at a time of growing demand.”
Last year nurses defied RCN leadership by voting against a small increase in fees in 2013.
Before the vote at the AGM the council promised if members gave them the power to raise fees they would not increase by more than 1% in 2014 or more than 4% in any subsequent year.
This means fees could go up to a maximum of £230.26 for nurses and £115.13 for HCAs by 2018.
RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter has argued fees need to increase to cope with the growing demand for services from members as a result of increasing pressure on terms and conditions.