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Halt 20% Increase In Fees For Nurses And Midwives

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nurses And Midwives Professional Registration Fee Could Increase By An Inflation Busting 20%

GMB will work with other unions to lobby the Department of Health to ask that this decision is reconsidered and GMB members will respond to the consultation robustly.

GMB, the union for nurses in the NHS and care sector, commented on the announcement by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of its intention to consult on a possible increase of its registration fee to £120. See notes to editors for copy of statement.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS, said "If the attack on pay isn't enough now the nurses and midwives professional registration fee could increase by an inflation busting 20%.

In the light of the pay offer this Nursing and Midwifery Council's decision to begin a consultation on a proposed increase of 20% fails to recognise the potential personal financial consequences this could cause to nurses and midwives working tirelessly across our wards, GP surgeries and community services.

Only two years ago we saw an increase in registration fees. It appears that hard working frontline staff are being unfairly targeted by Government, Employers and now by Professional Regulators.

GMB will work with other Nursing Unions to lobby the Department of Health to ask that this decision is reconsidered. GMB members will respond robustly to the consultation.”

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Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer 07841 181656 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 020 7391 6755/56

Notes to editors

Statement by Nursing and Midwifery Council.

NMC to consult on fees

Date:26/03/2014

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.

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