Changes to NMC fitness to practise could speed up a convoluted process
Reforms include a proposal for warnings to be issued when there is no case to answer but concerns about past conduct remain
Plans to speed up the lengthy process for fitness to practise (FtP) hearings and reduce the number of cases that go to a full hearing are currently being discussed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The regulator has already reduced the time that many cases take, but has now launched a consultation on further improvements.
If proposed changes are agreed, the NMC will be able to conclude some cases at an earlier stage, by giving additional powers to case examiners, who decide on whether there is a case to answer.
These powers could include...
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