Anger at the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s proposed fee hike has led a group of nurses to petition the government to intervene.
As reported by Nursing Times, the nursing regulator wants to increase the annual registrant’s fee to £120 from the start of next year - a 58% increase on the current fee of £76.
The NMC said the fee rise was necessary to “protect the public” following an unprecedented rise in fitness to practise activity. A consultation on the move is expected to start next month.
But the proposals sparked an angry response from the profession, at a time when it is also facing cuts to pay, pensions and jobs.
One group of nurses has got together on Facebook to set up an e-petition on the government’s website. It calls on ministers to review the NMC’s plans and also to consider whether nurses should be charged a registration fee at all.
Any petition on the site that gets at least 100,000 signatures has to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
A member of the group told Nursing Times: “We feel that charging 675,000 nurses a total of over £81m for the privilege of maintaining our registrations is unacceptable and a potential 58% increase in our fees at this time is inexcusable.
“A lot of nurses resent having to pay at all, to be allowed to keep our hard earned registrations and this potential increase is devastating to many,” she said.
As of Wednesday around 7,500 people had signed the e-petition, which was created on Monday.