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Regulator scraps plans for election

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Plans for an unnecessary NMC election have been scrapped, saving thousands of pounds.

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

It was uncertain 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 (NT News, 20 May, p2).

A new council of 14 members will be created next March. NMC chief executive Sarah Thewlis confirmed the regulator had spent a ‘small amount on data cleansing’ ahead of the proposed elections.

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