NMC must use grant to keep fees down, says UNISON

The Nursing and Midwifery Council should use the Government’s £20m grant to keep the registration fees of hardworking nurses and midwives down, said UNISON the UK’s largest union today (15 October).

Welcoming the grant, UNISON’s Head of Nursing, Gail Adams, said:

“The Government grant will come as a welcome relief to nurses and midwives who simply cannot afford to pay the massive 58% increase in registration fees that the Nursing and Midwifery Council is proposing. The Council must use this grant to keep registration fees down and help nurses who have had their pay frozen for two years and are now struggling just to make ends meet.

“The grant is a unique opportunity to rebuild public confidence in the NMC as an organisation and, more importantly, to regain the trust and respect of registrants.

“The NMC council meets on the 25th October to make a decision on registration fees, and hard working nurses and midwives will be waiting anxiously over the next 10 days to see whether the NMC has listened to them.”