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NMC to review registration fee in 2018/19 amid concern over register size

NMC to review registration fee in 2018/19 amid concern over register size

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will review the current cost of registration in 2018/19 ‘in more detail’, amid ‘growing concern’ over the long-term trend of the size of the register.

At a council meeting at the end of March, the NMC decided that the £120 fee will continue thanks to the ‘relatively healthy’ financial position, but with the proviso that it will be reviewed further over the forthcoming year.

In 2017/18, the NMC derived 97% of its £85m income through standard registration fees, but dwindling nurse numbers has seen the NMC acknowledge that ‘the greatest risk [to the organisation’s finances] is a continued decline in the size of the register’.

In council papers, they admit that they are assuming ‘a decline of income of £1.4m between the current financial year and 2018/19 for an expected further reduction in the register and overseas income’, although they do not expect the numbers on the register to fall dramatically over the next few years.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will review the current cost of registration in 2018/19 ‘in more detail’, amid ‘growing concern’ over the long-term trend of the size of the register.