NMC comment on fees e-petition

We note that the petition “No to proposed increase in fees for Nurses and Midwives” has hit the 100,000 signatures mark.

When we consulted on the registration fee in 2012, we made it clear that we needed a fee of £120 per registrant, based on our financial assumptions at the time. The government grant of £20 million enabled us to maintain the fee at £100 for two years. Nothing has changed since then and we believe the assumptions we made at the time remain the same, which is why we are about to consult on increasing the fee by £20.

Nurses and midwives are not alone in paying a registration fee. All 36 of the regulated healthcare professionals, including dental nurses and doctors, pay a registration fee to their regulator. Fees for other healthcare profession regulators range from between £160 for two years to over £700 annually.

Further information about our proposed fee rise and the upcoming consultation.


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