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Names of struck off nurses to be published online


Details of nurses and midwives who have been struck off are to be published online in a bid to improve public protection.

From January next year, details of all registrants struck off since January 2008 will be added to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s online register. The proposal was approved by the regulator last week.

The move is in line with a recommendation from the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence that struck off registrants details should be available on the register for at least five years.

However, NMC council members decided last week that details should remain online indefinitely.

Council member Ruth Sawtell said: “From the point of view of public protection, indefinite is safer.”

Fellow council member Beatrice Teuten added that the change should prove useful for the general public when employing home care workers.

She said: “It has been known that people who have been struck off then apply for healthcare support worker jobs. Increasingly this work is in people’s own homes. [In this context] five years is neither here nor there.”

Last week’s council meeting also approved rule changes to allow nurses and midwives subject to fitness to practise proceedings to apply to remove themselves from the register, thus avoiding a full hearing. This option is already available to doctors facing General Medical Council proceedings.

The NMC council was told that the registrar would have to approve any voluntary removals from the register – known technically as consensual disposal – and the option would mainly be allowed in cases where the registrant’s health was the reason for the impairment to their fitness to practise.

Where the allegation relates to a lack of a competence, voluntary removal was only likely to be allowed if the nurse or midwife accepted their fitness to practise was impaired, had already ceased practising and had no intention to return to practice.

However, in cases of alleged misconduct voluntary removal was only likely to be used in “exceptional” cases, the NMC said.


Readers' comments (4)

  • This is excellent news and is a credit to the NMC.

    The General Medical Council who regulate doctors should take notice.

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  • Any employer who is willing to employ a struck off nurse as an hca is the one who should face punishment, as long as this is allowed to go on then some nurses will take advantage.

    Back-dating details 5 years and the work involved is going to be the nmc's excuse for increasing our fees.

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  • NMC should also publish the names and outcomes of Nurses who have been reported by their employers for the sake of victimization, and have been acquitted for lack of evidence. It is now a common practice that some managers specially in the private sector use the NMC reporting system to get rid of Nurses who actual challenge practices that are not in public interest nor patients safety. These managers get away with it after months of punishing registrant , and not an apology from NMC. The registrant left with psychological scares and possible loss of livelihood. I belief such publication will also help patient safety and promote public confidence.Companies must not be allowed to scoop massive profits through patient neglect and Nurses victimization.

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  • The length of time that the NMC takes to go through the bureaucracy of procedure is a joke.
    It is a human rights issue!!!!!

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