Response to the PSA’s decision to refer fitness to practise outcome to the High Court

Published on 16 July 2021

Read our response

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said:

“Following an internal NMC review of its independent panel’s fitness to practise decision in the case of nurse Melanie Hayes, we asked the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) to consider exercising its power to refer the panel’s decision to the High Court.

“In light of the concerns that the decision was insufficient to protect the public, it’s right that the High Court consider this case.

“I know that the decision in this case has caused significant concern and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for that.

“We’re absolutely committed to learning from this case to ensure that we get it right when making decisions in cases concerning racism or any other form of discrimination.”

Notes

As this case is now subject to court proceedings we are unable to comment any further at this stage.

The NMC is awaiting the detailed grounds for appeal in this case and will agree its next steps once these have been received.

Read the PSA's update on their decision to refer this case to the High Court.


Other recent news…

Nurses among health and care professionals who can now certify fit notes

Published on 01 July 2022

From today, registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists can legally certify fit notes for people who need them.


NMC launches consultation on English language requirements

Published on 17 June 2022

We’ve launched a new consultation giving people the chance to have their say on proposed changes to our English language requirements. The consultation will run


Latest newsletter for nurses and nursing associates

Published on 07 June 2022

Read more below