The Royal College of Nursing has begun surveying its members on the proposed fee hike by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The college said it was committed to making the “strongest possible” representation against the new NMC proposals, which would see registration fees increase next year by 58% from £76 to £120.
As a result, it has launched an online survey to ask nurses what they think about the proposed change. The RCN survey, which closes on 31 July, will form part of the RCN’s response to the NMC’s consultation on the proposals.
RCN members will be asked the following four questions:
- Do you think that that the NMC registration fee should be increased from £76 to £120 a year?
- Do you agree that, in future, the level of registration fee should go up in line with inflation every year?
- The NMC is funded by nurses just like you. Do you think the government should contribute to paying for the running of the NMC?
- The NMC is expected to pay over £800,000 towards the running of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence. Do you support this payment?
RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “Since this proposal was announced the RCN has made no secret of its total opposition to something that would see already stretched nurses facing yet more financial pressure.
“In fact, it could not have come at worse time, with nurses in the midst of a two year pay freeze and facing worrying increases to their pension contributions.”
He added: “It is vital we gather the views of our members to make our formal response to the NMC as strong as it can possibly be.
“I fully expect that nurses will make known their concerns about this potential increase and would hope that both the NMC and the government will consider seeking alternative funding solutions.”
The NMC consultation on its proposals opened on 1 June and will close on 24 August.
A petition to the government against the proposals has so far received 44,080 signatures. It needs 100,000 in order to potentially spark a debate on the issue in the House of Commons.