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NMC warns of further fee rise if charges introduced by super-regulator


The Nursing and Midwifery Council has warned it would be forced to increase its member registration fees again if changes are made to funding for the regulatory body that oversees its work.

The NMC said it would have “no option” but to pass on the cost to its members if the Department of Health decided the nine professional regulators should be made to pay for the work of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

In response to a consultation by the Department of Health – which currently funds the PSA – the NMC highlighted it had already decided to increase its annual registration fees from £100 to £120.

“We will have no option but to pass on this cost to our registrants, having already made the difficult decision to increase our registration fee to £120”


“We will have no option but to pass on this cost to our registrants having already made the difficult decision to increase our registration fee from £100 to £120 from February 2015,” it said in a statement.

The NMC is almost entirely funded by registrant fees, which it claimed were set at the “absolute minimum” to directly cover its regulation activities. It argued that the DH’s suggestion that itself and the other regulators would be able to absorb the PSA charge instead of passing it onto nurses and midwives was “disingenuous”.

“We have already committed to making over £50m of efficiency savings by 2016-17. There is no further scope to make savings without adversely affecting or progress with fitness to practise,” it said.

The nursing regulator also claimed that the proposed timescale for implementation – from April 2015 – was unreasonable, because this would not provide sufficient time for the NMC to consult on a fee increase with its members.

“Given it takes almost 12 months to consult on and secure a fee increase and a further 12 months for the full effect of that fee income to be realised, any implementation date should be from April 2016 at the earliest,” said the NMC.

Savings must be found without any additional transitional finance to help establish new services

The NMC also pointed out that because it has the largest number of members compared to the eight other professional regulators – including the General Medical Council and General Dental Council – it would end up cross subsidising them.

It claimed that if the proposals were approved it would cost the NMC between £1.7m and £3.9m per year – equating to between £2.63 and £5.73 annually per nurse or midwife – over the next decade.

The NMC said: “We strongly disapprove of the Department of Health’s preferred option for implementing a levy on the professional regulators in order to fund the PSA.

“We urge the Department of Health to pause and reconsider,” it stated. “Any new proposal should be based on a regulator’s income, ability to pay and the actual costs to the PSA of performing its oversight functions to that regulator.”


Readers' comments (19)

  • Can't even get a pathetic 1% rise and already they are talking of robbing us again.

    If I could go back 17yrs knowing what I do now and how the government actually "values" us I would have turned around and walked back through the door of the university the fateful day I signed up to start my nurse training.

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  • Looks like another money saving measure by the Government. Yet another body of anonymous people to regulate the regulators. The charges is likely to pass onto each regulator, who in turn will pass it downwards to the members.

    Maybe finance or politics would be a good career to consider. Hopefully better financial management of health services or policies for better care of patients from people who have experienced frontline care giving.
    Also no registration fees as far as I know. In a few years time will probably be worth more than 1% saving each year.

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  • Oh to be the NMC, it is the only organisation that does not have to 'tighten its belt' in these difficult times. But I have a question - Why Not!

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  • the price will keep going up till we cant afford to work

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  • The NMC should stop paying their officials such ridiculous salaries then ffs.

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  • Roll on retirement

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  • Indeed.

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  • Laha78

    I hate the politics and money-grabbing fat cats of this profession!! What exactly do the NMC do because I'm still unclear yet they find it acceptable to take £120 of my extremely hard-earned cash every year!!!!!!!

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  • I'm regulated by the NMC and the CQC - how much longer can I afford to work before I can't afford registration fees for these organisations?

    Why is the NMC talking about consultation? How much will that cost? What's the point of it? They'll just go ahead and increase fees anyway. If I was paid the same as some of those NMC people, I wouldn't mind the constant increases. It's about time it was disbanded (again) and replaced with something that works - for it's members and the people the members serve. Get out of those expensive premises in London - no-one needs to be based there anymore now we have the technology for distance-working. Find somewhere cheaper - the Midlands or Milton Keynes for example. Like the NHS, we nurses aren't a bottomless pit of money and goodwill. How will junior doctors feel when they eventually have to take over nursing roles because there's so few of us left?

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  • The highlight of my nursing career was stomping off after yet another undeserved bo*****ing. 18 months ago now and I've never regretted it. It used to be that we were quite well-paid and had decent conditions - now I can earn around the same money for a less stressful, cleaner and happier job that I don't have to pay to do.

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