Update on recent fitness to practise decision

Published on 20 May 2021

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

“Following a careful review of our fitness to practise decision in the case of nurse Melanie Hayes, we share concerns about the reasons given for the decision in this case.

“We have therefore asked the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) to consider whether it should exercise its power to appeal the decision to the High Court.

“I recognise and understand the concern that our decision in this case has caused and I am sorry for that. We will be carrying out further work to consider wider learning arising from this case.

“There is no place for racism in health and care and I am absolutely committed to making positive changes as we play our part in tackling institutional discrimination in all its forms.”