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Letter: The GMC supports doctors, why doesn't the NMC do the same for nurses?

David Harding-Price urges the NMC to 'stop taking nurses for granted'
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David Harding-Price urges the NMC to 'stop taking nurses for granted'

Having heard the General Medical Council (GMC) publically state doctors are under growing pressure while noting the impact which struggling healthcare services are having on doctors education and training, one has to ask why the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has not spoken up for nurses in the same vane? Could it be the NMC is incapable of being the voice of nursing, or is there something more sinister afoot?

David Harding-Price

I am aware the NMC is there to protect the public from the occasional bad apple in the nursing profession, but the GMC has the same role. Is it that the NMC is part funded by the government and so are scared to say anything? Or is it that, like many in Westminster, they just take nurses for granted.

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David Harding-Price urges the NMC to 'stop taking nurses for granted'

Having heard the General Medical Council (GMC) publically state doctors are under growing pressure while noting the impact which struggling healthcare services are having on doctors’ education and training, one has to ask why the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has not spoken up for nurses in the same vane?  Could it be the NMC is incapable of being the voice of nursing, or is there something more sinister afoot?


David
Harding-Price

I am aware the NMC is there to protect the public from the occasional bad apple in the nursing profession, but the GMC has the same role.  Is it that the NMC is part funded by the government and so are scared to say anything?  Or is it that, like many in Westminster, they just take nurses for granted. 

Nurses paid £79m to the NMC in 2015-2016. The government grant was £205,000, down from over £2.6million the year before.  The argument that “the NMC is government funded and so cannot speak out” clearly does not stack up in 2016.

The GMC's latest report states: “Everyone wants a health service that is efficient, effective and compassionate. We all want staff to practise in an environment that helps them provide an excellent standard of care and where they are able to raise concerns and are valued for their skills”.  If the GMC can see this and say it why can’t the NMC?

It is high time the NMC started doing more to support the nurses who fund it. The NHS and healthcare cannot survive without nurses, but nurses could survive without the NHS and healthcare as their skills and knowledge are in high demand.

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