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RCN calls for views on NMC fee hike


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.


Readers' comments (8)

  • As I have not recieved a pay increase in the last 2yrs and the fact that I have to contribute more to my pension,I feel it is unreasonable of the NMC to ask for a 58% increase in fees, if we are only to recieve a 1% increase next year the NMC should only recieve 1% increase in fees. And I do not feel any rises should go in line with inflation. Yes the Government should contribute to the running of the NMC. No I do not support the NMC's payment of £800,000 towards the running of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellance.

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  • if they want our views just look at comments posted when NT wrote about the plans

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  • I totally agree with anonymous 22 june, I havent had a pay increase and my pension contributions are increasing, how am I supposed to find more money to pay the NMC fees, I know this has to be paid but how can they seriously expect us to may more when we haven't had a pay increase, the injustice of it all, my daughter is already disgusted that I have to pay such a fee as it is but I am not sure the public care about the fact that we are paid badly and have to put up with alot of the flack when things go badly wrong, we're to short staffed to deal with the problems we have at ward level and get no support from managerial level, but just pay the fees so you can practice, sometimes I feel like I made a big mistake entering this profession which in itself is a shame because funnily enough I love being a nurse!

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  • Anonymous | 22-Jun-2012 7:54 am

    there probably needs to be some pressure applied to get them to read these comments.

    I already e-mailed the author of an earlier article on the subject at NT to ask if he could send the many comments already written to the NMC and I hope this has been done.

    I would suggest others take further measures in other ways to bring them to their attention otherwise they will probably remain unread by the NMC.

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  • Have you all signed the e-petition on the government website? 44,000 nurses have already.

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  • We definately need divine intervention now. Completing questionnaires and surveys! Yet nothing is done. As much as i love my job, sometimes with the way things are going , i wish i had listened to my godmother and changed my career! Its too late now. Any regrets? Tonnes of it!
    It feels like no one cares about our wellbeing. I am living from hand to mouth now and i am sure i speak for many more.
    Increasing the registration fee is a complete blow below the belt! The government should contribute to the upkeep and running of the RCN!

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  • so this increase is to help fund all the disciplinary hearings that hospitals handover when they cant be bothered to do their own jobs.
    I propose that those hospitals forwarding such cases as ? moving a banana should pay a heavey fine instead of wasting our money.
    The NMC has got everyone over a barrel as there is no other board we can be registered with.
    How could anyone come up with such an idea in the first place. No payrise for 2 yrs is a bad enough slap in the face whilst others are getting million pound bonuses'

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  • Its a done deal anyway and nurses dont have a choice. No one is going to be able to afford to not pay the increased fee as they wont be able to work. Good on the RCN for taking this on but it wont make a difference.

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