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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