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Union passes vote of no confidence in the NMC

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Unite/CPHVA’s National Professional Committee has passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the NMC following confusion about the registration of specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs).
The vote at a meeting in February was provoked by an NMC decision in December that means SCPHNs will have to maintain their original nursing or midwifery registration as well as their place on the third part of the register.

Angela Roberts, chairperson of the NPC, has written to NMC president Nancy Kirkland asking for guarantees that SCPHNs will continue to have separate and equal recognition.

The NMC's council opted to overturn a decision made in 2005, which let SCPHNs remain on the third part of its register without renewing registration on the nursing or midwifery sections.

But NT revealed the Department of Health queried the legality of this decision last year, which led to the U-turn.

•For more in-depth coverage of this story, read next week’s issue of Nursing Times magazine.
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