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RCN comments on proposed NMC changes

Published: 24 May 2013

The Royal College of Nursing has commented on proposed changes to the fitness to practise process used by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The first proposed change is to bring in a system of professional case examiners to make decisions at the investigation phase of the process to decide if cases should proceed to a final public hearing. The second is for a new power to review decisions to close cases at investigation stage.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive, said: “In principle this is a positive move, and we hope it will improve efficiency at the NMC and help it better serve patients and nurses. We know that a system of professional case examiners works well for the General Medical Council (GMC).

“We now need to see more detail about how these proposals will work in practice and we look forward to working with the NMC and Government as part of the consultation process.”