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NMC freezes registration fee at £120

Registrants can pay by quarterly installments from May

Nursing and Midwifery Council registration fees are to remain at £120 after the nurse regulator agreed against increasing the annual charge.

The fee freeze comes one year after the annual charge was increased by 20% from £100.

At an NMC council meeting last week, members approved the freeze after financial reserves were shown to be between £10 million and £25 million.

The freeze comes despite the regulator expected to lose around £500,000 a year introducing a system that will make it easier for nurses to pay. From May, registrants will be able to pay by quarterly instalments - although new entrants have to wait until December.

The predicted loss is a result of nurses expected to leave the register part way through the year having not paid the full annual fee in advance.

From the end of August those who paid the fee upfront but retire or leave the profession before the end of the year will be entitled to a refund of some of their money.

The NMC fees have risen by more than 60% (from £76 to £120) between 2013-15, yet nurses saw their pay reduced in real terms by between 8% and 10% in the same period.

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