RCN seeks members’ views over NMC fee hike
Published: 15 June 2012
The Royal College of Nursing has today launched a survey to gather members’ views on proposals by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to increase registration fees. The RCN is committed to making the “strongest possible” representation against the proposed rise.
Under the proposals, fees for registering with the NMC would increase by 58 per cent from £76 to £120.
RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said the proposals could not have come at worse time, with nurses in the midst of a two-year pay freeze and facing worrying increases to their pension contributions.
“As a member-led organisation, it is vital we gather the views of our members to make our formal response to the NMC as strong as it could possibly be. The more views we get, the stronger our response will be. I fully expect that nurses will make known their concerns about this potential increase and would hope that both the NMC and the Government will consider seeking alternative funding solutions,” Dr Carter added.
The survey closes on 31 July.
The short survey will ask nurses whether they agree with the increase, whether or not they think the Government should contribute to the running of the NMC and if members think the NMC should still be expected to pay over £800,000 towards the running of the Council of Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.
Read more about the consultation on the NMC website.