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NMC increases transparency on struck off nurses


The names of nurses and midwives who have been struck off or suspended will be made public on the online version of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for the first time from today.

Those subject to any interim order or final sanction imposed by the regulator will now be displayed on the NMC’s online “search the register” facility or 60 years, or until the NMC has received formal notification that they are deceased.

Previously, the names of struck off or suspended nurses and midwives were only publicly available on the hearings and outcomes page of the NMC website for up to four months.

The change, which came into effect today, is designed to enhance public protection and follows a recommendation by the Professional Standards Authority. It will mean the NMC comes into line with other healthcare regulators which already provide this information.

Members of the public can find the name of a nurse or midwife subject to any current sanctions or interim orders or have been struck off the register since 1 January 2008.

Suspension orders, conditions of practice orders and interim suspension and conditions of practice orders will be displayed on the public register while they are current.

The change was agreed by the NMC council in September, as reported by Nursing Times.


Readers' comments (28)

  • should be on a need to know basis only.convicted criminals have the right to anonymity .why should nurses be different

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  • jacques shunshion | 4-Jan-2013 3:19 pm

    I didn't know that but I agree. it is a total disgrace.

    does the same rule apply to all professional registers such as the GMC?

    I don't support singling out nurses from other professional groups for different treatment.

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  • What on earth is the reason for this? Sounds like another way to demoralise (and demonise) nurses to me.

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  • what sad and little minded ideas some have. It should also be published in that case for nurses paying the NMC the reasons some of the senior leaders left there.

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  • as a member of the public why would I need to know if a nurse was struck off 8 years ago? why would I need to know if a sanction had been imposed on a nurse if I am not planning to employ them?

    Margaret Hayward was struck off for reasons many people didn't understand or agree with and then voted nurse of the year.

    is this a way of justifying putting their fees up?

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  • malicious, exaggerated and false allegations against nurses are made which can also lead to sanctions being imposed on innocent people. will the names of all those involved be published?

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  • Sarah Stanley I totally agree.

    The only way to get your name off the 'naughty' list is to die?

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  • or resign before they have a chance to put you on it.

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  • Anonymous | 5-Jan-2013 11:04 am

    please don't suggest that. we don't want to see a rise in suicides among nurses through such meaningless but seemingly purposeful humiliation. It looks like the NMC with this latest act are making another attempt to threaten the whole profession and humiliate and punish them severely if they catch them out.

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  • please can we publish the names of everyone who has ever abused a nurse, physically or verbally.

    can we also publish names and details of every false allegation made against a nurse.

    can we also publish the names of everyone involved in 'promoting' a bully manager sideways.

    can we also publish names and details of every nmc employee involved in not doing their job properly.

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