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Former NMC chief paid £80,000


The former chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council was paid almost £80,000 when he stood down, it has emerged.

The regulator’s annual report, published last week, revealed Professor Weir-Hughes had received a total payment of £199,675 during 2011-12, including £77,500 described as “contractual pay in lieu of notice”.

The payment appears to be equivalent to around half of Professor Weir-Hughes’ annual salary.

The NMC announced in January that Dickon Weir-Hughes had resigned with immediate effect, following a period of sick leave.

The regulator told Nursing Times the payment was in line with its contractual obligations to Professor Weir- Hughes.

The NMC is currently in the middle of considering whether to introduce deeply unpopular plans to increase the registration fee to £120, in order to cope with the increasing cost of its fitness to practise functions.

Nursing Times has estimated that Professor Weir-Hughes pay off would cover more than 1,000 registration fees under the current £76 rate.

Since his departure, the role of chief executive has been filled on an interim basis by Jackie Smith but no permanent replacement has yet been appointed.

The previous leadership at the NMC was heavily criticised by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence in its review of the regulator earlier this year, which noted that the relationship was poor between Professor Weir-Hughes and former chair Tony Hazell.

Unite lead professional officer Dave Munday told Nursing Times the news would be “galling” for registrants who were already unhappy with how the NMC had been managing its own finances.

He added: “To the majority of nurses that’s three year’s pay.”


Readers' comments (27)

  • John Howes

    The bigger the cockup the bigger the payoff! Look at the Chief Exec from Lincolnshire. I'd dearly love to know what they have purchased for this, is it the increased fees? or something even more precious that they don't want the plebs to hear?

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  • Get off of Prof D Weir-Hughes case, the man deserves every penny, for all of people moaning about his earnings, why don't you try doing and achieving what he has done... For many nurses who have worked with him and for him he has been and inspiration to us, and demonstrates what hard work and study can achieve. If you want it, then do as he done, go out and get it, it's there if you are prepared to earn it.

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  • Mike! You're back. We missed you and your rallying war cries.

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  • Waht is that what my money is going to??? ANd i more then not work over the hours with out extra pay.

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  • tinkerbell

    'almost £80,000' Was that £79,999.99p then? If only we still had the halfpenny and farthing still in currency it would have been even nearer £80,000 and some.

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 26-Sep-2012 2:39 pm

    just a bit of a technical point, sorry to be pedantic but you don't normally use 'off of' followed by 'of' as in if i told someone at the NMC to 'F off'.

    Please feel free to pick me up on any grammatical errors. I thank you.

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  • Tinkerbell!

    What the Dickon?

    Is it a pixie?

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  • the NMC have been a joke for a long time now - they keep telling us they are not here for nurses but are for the protection of the public - therefore public monies should be asked to cough up some money... not nurses in a pay freeze. Please sign the epetition against increased NMC fees! Why should we pay to line the pockets of NMC?

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  • Anonymous | 26-Sep-2012 12:19 pm

    It does seem excessive but that is the going pay for someone at his level. He came from a job where he was earning a similar amount.
    Why did he leave his previous post? Was that beyond his talents as was his NMC position?

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  • It was a PAY OFF not his wage as I read it.
    He had been off sick and resignation took effect immediatly due to this.
    Whilst I wish the man well in his health,
    when you and I as nurses leave the workforce when we can no longer work due to sickness we will get a PAY OFF too.
    In Ya Dreams!
    Welcome back Mike :) Are you here Downunder yet??

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