The increase in the fees levied by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to £100-a-year for the next two years is ‘a curate’s egg’, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Thursday 25 October).
Unite professional officer Jane Beach said: “Unite will be monitoring the NMC’s financial situation very closely in the next two years to see that the NMC delivers its core regulatory functions within its new financial regime.
“Our members, registered with the NMC, have not had a pay rise for two years because of the government’s austerity policies, so any increase – and this is 32 per cent - is a blow to their static incomes.
“Unite was vehemently against the NMC’s original proposal that would have seen a 58 per cent hike to £120-a-year. Our members, in a widespread consultation earlier this year, said that the fee should not be increased above £86-a-year in line with the current rate of inflation.
“So today’s announcement is a curate’s egg – it could have been worse, but should have been better.
“We hope that the NMC will be more transparent in its dealings with its stakeholder organisations in the future.”
The NMC received a £20 million grant from the government to help it through its current financial crisis. Nurses, midwives and health visitors have to be registered with the NMC to be able to work in the health service – and the NMC is the regulatory body for their conduct.
Unite embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association; the Mental Health Nurses Association; and the Society of Sexual Health Advisors.
For further information please contact Unite senior communication officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693 940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.