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NMC launches fee consultation

08 May 2014

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today launched its consultation on a proposed increase to the annual registration fee. 

The consultation, which will run from 12:00 on 8 May until 12:00 on 31 July 2014, will look to gather the views of nurses and midwives on a proposed increase in the registration fee from £100 to £120.  

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said: 

“This consultation is an opportunity for all nurses and midwives to have their say on the proposed increase to the annual registration fee. We are proposing to increase the registration fee by £20, which would enable us to make the much needed improvements we have committed to.”

The NMC Council will make their final decision on the fee level at their Council meeting on 1 October 2014.

 

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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.   Prior to 2012 the NMC had not increased the annual registration fee paid by nurses and midwives for five years. In 2012 the government gave the NMC a £20 million grant which allowed the NMC to keep the annual registration fee at £100 for two years.

3.   During the last three years the NMC has made over £25 million worth of efficiency savings and committed to a further £4.6 million during 2014–2015. However this does not bridge the funding gap that the NMC could be left with when the government grant money comes to an end. The NMC continues to need a fee of £120 per registrant.

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