NMC to consult on fees
26 March 2014
Today the Nursing and Midwifery Council announced its intention to consult on a possible increase of its registration fee to £120.
We fully appreciate that the possibility of a fee increase comes at a bad time for nurses and midwives. It is in the interests of nurses and midwives that their regulator has the appropriate resources needed to take swift and fair action against those who fall short of the high standards expected of the professions.
The fee is our principle source of income and without sufficient funds we won’t be able to adequately protect the public.
The consultation date will be announced in due course and the Council will make its decision on the registration fee at their meeting on 1 October.
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. To be on the NMC register and to be able to work as a nurse or midwife in the UK nurses and midwives must pay an annual registration fee. However, nurses and midwives are not alone in being required to pay an annual registration fee. All regulated healthcare professionals in the UK are required to do so to maintain registration.
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