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NMC exceeds fitness to practice targets

The six month target times of getting cases to hearing from investigation has been exceeded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC wasgiven a £20m grant in 2012 on the provision that 90% of fitness to practise cases were tried within six months of referral by July 2014.

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

“We are delighted to have not only met the target, but exceeded it. We were determined to meet the terms of the Department of Health grant, and, crucially, to increase public and professional confidence in us as an effective regulator. Achieving a six month target in 93 per cent of cases is evidence that we have time and cost efficient public protection measures in place. 

Since 2013 more than 4,000 cases have been dealt with.

Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter, said:

“This is encouraging news and shows the NMC is making progress in becoming a more effective regulator. Dealing with fitness to practise cases in a timely way is essential to ensure patients receive safe care and that we have a professional regulation system that is fit for the future.”