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Nurses must not be ignored – RCN responds to NMC consultation launch

Published: 08 May 2014

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now launched its own consultation into its proposal to increase the registration fee from £100 to £120 per year.

The RCN is opposing this fee rise and is making a very simple organisational response to this consultation, based on your views, no to any rise in fees.

You’ve already made your views very clear. Over 100,000 of you have added your names to a petition opposing the rise. This means the Government now has to consider a debate on the issue in the House of Commons.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN, 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."

‘Loud and clear’

Dr Carter added: "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."

The consultation launched on Thursday 8 May and runs until Thursday 31 July, with the final decision to be made by NMC Council on 1 October.

To make an individual submission to their consultation