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NMC hugely disappointed that “revolutionary” bill is not included in the Queen’s Speech

04 June 2014

Commenting on the government’s decision not to include the draft Law Commission bill, Regulation of health and social care professionals, in the Queen’s speech, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said:

“I am hugely disappointed that the government has not included this revolutionary bill in its final session of parliament.

“Both the NMC and the public it protects now continue to be left, indefinitely, with a framework that does not best serve to protect the public.  

“We will now take time to digest this disappointing news and work with the Department of Health on how we can now move forward and ensure the NMC is able to fulfil its ambition of becoming a more efficient and effective regulator.”

 

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Notes for editors

1.  We are the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands. We exist to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public. We set standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nurses and midwives, and hold the register of those who have qualified and meet those standards. We provide guidance to help nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards. We have clear and transparent processes to investigate and deal with nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards.

2.   For media enquiries, please contact Madeleine Childs at madeleine.childs@nmc-uk.org or on 020 7681 5936.