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NMC fee rise due to take hold on 1 Feb


Nurses and midwives will have to pay £100 instead of £76 to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council from the beginning of next month, in line with the regulator’s decision to increase its fees.

The regulator has said the fee rise is needed to shore up its finances, which are under significant strain due to a major rise in fitness to practise referrals in recent years.

In October the NMC council chose to increase the registration fee from £76 to £100 for the next two years.

The decision to increase the fee to £100 replaced a previous plan to increase it to £120, which was roundly criticised by members of the profession. The regulator changed its plans after the government offered it a £20m grant to ease its financial problems and negate the need for such a steep fee hike.

However, the NMC council did discuss implementing the £120 rise in future, following the agreed two years at £100. But such a move has yet to be decided and would require a further consultation.

Its current registration fee of £76 per annum was implemented in August 2007, and generates income of £52m per annum.

An NMC spokeswoman said: “Anyone due to renew their registration on or after 1 February 2013 will be subject to the increased fee of £100.”

“All nurses and midwives who are due to renew from the 1 February 2013 have now, as normal, been sent a registration pack. The pack now also includes information about the increased fee,” she aded.



Readers' comments (11)

  • Has anyone heard if we are to get a pay rise this year to pay for this and the hike in our pension contributions?

    Re: Nursing Times 29th October 2012

    'The Department of Health has said nurses and other healthcare staff could get a small increase in their basic pay next year, despite employers’ calls for an extension of the pay freeze. The DH said in its evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body last week that it had made allowance for an average basic pay increase of 1%'

    I dont recall hearing anything more on this?

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  • shameful.... the previous media publication demonstrated that ALL nurses objected to this rise. With the pension contribution increase and our pay freeze, how much more can we be fleeced of? I know the NMC have JUST gone to £100 instead of the £120 they first wanted,... its only a matter of time. Just another note to say that despite this increase of approx 30% they plan to REDUCE the number of fitness to practice cases (which is what they BLAME the increase on) by dealing with some of the cases by a more cost effective way... SO WHY INCREASE OUR FEE????? Remember not so long ago when it was £10 per year???? Thats a 900% increase in the past decade ....

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  • If there is an increase in fitness to practice referrals maybe they need to look into the root cause. I bet a l ot of these referrals are about people so overworked and unsupported that they make catastrophic errors. The next thing is the NMC will be hiking the fee up again to pay for the £20m grant lent to them by the government.

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  • The amount of fitness to practice hearings is undoubtedly linked to the decreased number of registered nurses on a shift, and the increased amount of healthcare assistants, who although are an invaluable part of the team, are not qualified in the same way.

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  • One can only assume that the need for a 31% rise in fees is their total incompetence. Every other area of the NHS has had to deliver more for less, especially staff who have had virtually no pay rise in the same period and are facing increases in pension contributions and working increasing amounts of unpaid overtime forced to care for more acutely ill patients with less staff. Close the organisation entirely and have a single body to REGULATE all healthcare staff in the UK. Professional organisations perhaps should continue along professional roles. However the regulation along professional lines is no longer appropriate given that duties of practitioners are merging and the same activity may be undertaken by different professions but regulated entirely separately based not on competence but tradition.

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  • should perhaps it be considered that the employing trust pays either part or full cost of fitness to practice, and it could be considered their responsibility to ensure a safe working environment, hires the staff etc?

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  • Hiked fees to pay for all the fitness to practice cases eh? If only we knew who ran these fitness to practice events then we'd be able to get them to stop fleecing the NMC out of money.
    What now? It's the NMC that run them?
    So they need more money to pay themselves to do the things that they decide need to occur. I can't see any conflict of interest there whatsoever.

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  • lucky for those whose renewal isn't due until the end of the year.

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  • Always a good idea to announce that there will be a substantial increase in the subscription to £120, knowing that there will be a furore and then reduce the amount to £100 as an act of 'generosity'. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 11:10 am

    good observation. sounds like it is merely simple marketing psychology for the gullible. How many years will the manage to keep it at £100 before the next furore?

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