NMC response to UNISON, Unite and RCN consultation responses

Published on 31 July 2014

Responses given to fee consultation.

We welcome the responses from UNISON, Unite and the RCN today on the fee consultation.

These will now be analysed and a report on the consultation responses will be considered by our Council at their meeting on, 1 October 2014. It is at that meeting that the Council will decide whether to increase the registration fee.

We are pleased that UNISON, Unite and the RCN support the need for legislative change and the importance of ensuring that the Law Commission draft Bill Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals is enacted as soon as possible.

We note the comments made by Unison about considering, if necessary, a reduction in the number of fitness to practise hearings we hold. We have been able to reduce our caseload and length of time it takes us to deal with complaints by increasing the number of hearings we hold. Any reduction in the number of hearings we hold will lead to cases taking longer to conclude. This would not be in the best interests of the public or nurses and midwives. It is not a position which would deliver effective public protection and we do not believe that it is what the public or the professions want.

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