- 2014 Health Care Service Group Conference
- 27 March 2014
Conference notes the decision taken by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) at its meetings on the 26th March 2014, to consult on a proposed fee increase of 20% from February 2015
Conference further notes that the NMC remains under special measures and is monitored more closely than other regulators following a damning report into its management and governance structures published by the Council for Regulatory Excellence in July 2012.
Conference believes that this increase will have a detrimental impact on nurses and midwives. We also believe it will have a disproportionate impact on part-time women registrants. We believe that UNISON should actively campaign against this increase.
UNISON should actively work with other professional associations and trade unions to form a coalition of opposition to this increase.
We call on the Service Group Executive, the national Nursing and Midwifery Occupational Group Committee and the Regions to use all of their four-country influence to argue against an increase.
This should include:
1 Seeking a meeting with each of the Chief Nursing Officers to raise our concerns
2 Writing to the four lead Health ministers arguing for them to intervene in this matter
3 Developing campaign materials against the increase which regions and branches can use
4 Developing an Organising campaign against the fee increase