Save our Nurses and Midwives
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Nursing must have a regulator. However as we have seen in recent media coverage the current system is failing miserably. It is neither protecting the public or the registrants and ultimately is putting both group's lives at risk.
The current systems leaves it wide open to abuse by vexatious managers or colleagues with a grudge.
The NMC decisions affects nurses who have previously had no issues raised and unblemished careers, many for a number of decades.
The profession is struggling to retain experienced nurses and midwives. Recent figures show up to 45% increase in nurses leaving the profession than joining it. MP Jonathan Ashworth recently presented to parliament figures of 90 nurses leaving the profession a day.
As of figures available by 2018 the NMC had regulated 690,278 registrants. ”Since 2008, they have sanctioned, impaired and struck off 10,895 nurses and midwives. Studies show worse sanctioning to the nursing profession than to doctors, with doctors less likely to get struck off for dishonesty than other professions. The GMC confirmed at the IMMDS review on 14th March 2019. that “NMC registrants who have been impaired, sanctioned and struck off do not contest & walk away from charges as they are not litigious like GMC registrants” Figures presented to this review panel comparing the GMC and NMC annual sanctions showed that nurses are 3 times more likely to get sanctioned than their doctor colleagues. Even for those registrants that the NMC finds no case to answer at the end of their investigation, many will leave as a result, those that remain are likely to work at lower level than before and will have ongoing mental health issues that they battle with.
3,462 nurses and / or midwives have received strike-offs since 2008 – 2018 and only 21 have succeeded at High Court Appeal and 9 out of the 21 were self-litigants between these dates.
We have an ongoing survey of our members - to date 150 have responded:
- over half stated that their mental health was the most affected by referral to NMC
- 93 stated they did not know where to go for support
- 96% stated having difficulty sleeping as a result of FtP
- 79% suffered acute anxiety
- 90% stated poor self confidence as an impact
- 89% stated difficult trusting people as an impact
- 75% stated they had feelings of paranoia as an impact
- 72% stated having mood swings as an impact
- 64% suffered from suicidal thoughts
Nearly all stated that they were never the same as prior to referral.
The current system creates fear and a lack of transparency. Living in fear of your regulator does not promote safe practice. A process of luck and decent employer determines whether you are called in-front of the NMC.
Some moves have been made with the Morecambe Bay Investigation and the PSA report into it https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/publications/nmc-lessons-learned-review-may-2018a0851bf761926971a151ff000072e7a6.pdf?sfvrsn=6177220_0 . However to date, change is slow. The Professional Standards Authority published its review of NMC's performance for 2017/18, the first since the Morcambe Bay review stating it has not met two of the FtP standards relating to transparency and fairness of its processes and keeping parties updated.
We have 10 Key Demands:
1. ALL registrants, undergoing FtP are to be provided with legal representation regardless of their financial ability to fund it themselves.
2. All registrants, undergoing FtP, to have access to an independant 24hour on call telephone support service for counselling to support them through the stress of FtP.
3. The NMC to hold a duty of care over their registrants to "Do No Harm" to vulnerable registrants undergoing FtP and to hold clear records of any registrants that commit suicide / die whilst under investigation.
4. A standard sum of renumeration on appeal regardless of whether the registrant is represented by legal counsel or not that includes loss of earnings.
5. When "no case to answer" is found the registrant is remunerated for loss of earnings
6. When "no case to answer" the referrer and the registrant are given a full report of the recommendations as to why the referral was unsuitable
7. For the NMC to automatically reimburse ALL witnesses for FtP hearings, including the registrant, on cost of travel to and from daily hearings, any loss of earnings on the days of the hearing and overnight accommodation if distance negates being able to travel home daily.
8. ANY registrant who is able to prove a history of raising concerns and / or whistleblowing prior to referral to the NMC has their salary protected during investigation periods.
9. Employers are unable to dismiss employees or enter into settlement agreements whilst FtP concerns are raised and the registrant salary is protected during investigatory periods
10. If individual's, whether witness for the NMC or case presenter are found to be deliberately withholding evidence which may benefit the registrant's case - the NMC will hold them to account by formally investigating and referring to the appropriate authorities.
We need 100,000 signatures for this to be raised in Parliament and taken seriously as an issue affecting and destroying our profession.
PLEASE sign and share and share and let's get it changed for the better as ultimately the only people who will suffer are our patients.
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