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Critics blast NMC for senior team's 'extravagant' pay rise


Nursing and Midwifery Council staff received a 2.3% pay increase last year, with the chief executive’s annual salary rising to £153,365, the regulator’s annual accounts have revealed.

Including pensions benefits and extra payment for 19 days of untaken annual leave, chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith’s total remuneration for the year was £233,917.

“It is extravagant and our members will be angry in the current context of the NHS pay dispute”

Jane Beach

All six members of the NMC’s senior management team – which includes Ms Smith – earned more than £100,000 in 2013-14, said a report on the regulator’s 2013-14 accounts, which was published last week.

The senior team’s increase was described as “extravagant” by the union Unite, which said it added “insult to injury” following the regulator’s move to increase its registration fee by 20%.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

NMC council members approved plans to increase the annual registration fee from £100 to £120 earlier in October. It comes into effect from March 2015.

Unite professional officer Jane Beach said: “It is extravagant and our members will be angry in the current context of the NHS pay dispute. It will give extra weight as to why health secretary Jeremy Hunt should give at least the 1% pay rise to the NHS workforce.”

She added: “It also adds insult to injury given that the NMC recently raised the registration fee from £100-a-year to an extortionate £120.”

Unite professional officer

Jane Beach

The NMC told Nursing Times the 2.3% increase followed a pay freeze for all employees in 2012-13, with the exception of two workers who were among the lowest paid staff. The median salary across all 496 NMC staff for the year 2013-14 was £26,859.

The regulator noted that it was an independent body and that its pay rates were unconnected to those for NHS staff. “The appropriate remuneration of NMC staff is vital to the continuance of our capacity to regulate effectively,” added an NMC spokeswoman.

She re-iterated that the chief executive’s pay increase was consistent with the inflationary award of 2.3% that was given to all staff, adding that the senior team’s pay was determined by a remuneration committee, “in line with best practice in corporate governance”.

The spokeswoman also highlighted the “significant progress” that the NMC had been made in its performance since February 2013, when the registration fee was last raised – from £76 to £100.

The regulator’s annual report shows it cleared its historic fitness to practise caseload – all cases beginning before January 2011 – except for six by September 2013.

The NMC told Nursing Times that a spot check last month showed that on average 60% of cases closed that month had been completed within 15 months.

The NMC, Portland Place, London


Readers' comments (27)

  • obviously friends of mr hunt!!!

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  • Being a cynic I would say that the rise in fees for the NHS staff, who earn a fraction of what these people do, will pay nicely for their increased remuneration. do the NHS staff have any say in who regulates them and what wage they are paid?

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  • This is disgusting. Daylight robbery Thats apart from the backhanders from the government.
    The NMC has lost the confidence of nurses

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  • Nurses should have a vote on the NMC

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  • Explains exactly why an increase in NMC fees was required, doesn't it?

    All that stuff about increased activity was... oh, what's the word? Starts with "l"...Short word...4 letters...You know the one...On the tip of my tongue...

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  • Ridiculous, whilst us nurses are battling for better wages these charlatans are lining their pockets.

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  • BasketPress. If you come back here again, come over to Grumbling Appendix Nursing Blog. I want to talk to you.

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  • As a nurse I feel sad, that each year our NMC subscription fee, keep raising with no raise in our salary.
    It makes me even more sad to know that, those nurses who are supposed to understand what it means to be a nurse on the nursing salary are happy to keep increasing our subscription while widening their pockets.
    Worse more we have no choice if we want to continue practicing we just have to give in to their demands!!
    We have signed papers to demonstrate our feelings about the subscription pay rise, but nothing has helped as subscriptions just keep on rising.
    It seems to me the NMC are just there to fatten their pockets from the helpless nurses!!

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  • Banker 's pay, MP 's pay, CEO and their cronies pay, and now the NMC when will it end?
    We are all in this together, I don't think so!

    But unless nurses start sticking up for themselves it will go on and on. The leeches pockets are being lined on the back of all our hard work - yet again reward for failure

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  • So the NMC are an independent body and have now increased their distance from NHS front-line clinicians.

    I see they have a remuneration committee to set their pay increases. Is this like the MP's who set their own pay rises?

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