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NMC launches fee hike consultation

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

The consultation, which will run from 12:00 on the 8 May until 12:00 on the 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. 

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

Jackie Smith, chief executive 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.”

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Any fee rise would be yet another blow to hardworking nurses and midwives who are still reeling from the government's decision to deny most of them a pay rise.

“When many nurses are struggling to make ends meet, asking them to find 20% more to pay their registration fees is unjust and shows little regard for the financial pressures that nurses up and down the country are experiencing.

“Our members are angry and frustrated that they are being expected to shoulder the NMC's financial pressures. 

“NMC simply must not be allowed to continue to ignore the views and feelings of the nursing workforce.  Our members spoke loud and clear during the last consultation in 2012 - they must not be ignored now."

A petition launched by a mental health nurse against the fee hike has recently passed 100,900 signatures.