RCN defeats NMC in landmark appeal

RCN Scotland has successfully represented one of its members and won a landmark appeal against the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Norman Provan, RCN Scotland associate director of employment relations, said of the ruling in the Court of Session in Edinburgh: ‘This is the first time that a Scottish court has ruled to quash a decision by the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) of the NMC.

‘In this case, the PCC had removed our member's name from the NMC register, but the judges decided to substitute this with a caution. This has never happened before.'

Lynn McDowall, RCN Scotland officer, said: ‘Our member had a long and unblemished career of more than 35 years. She suffered four years of distress and uncertainty as a result of the original decision and feels finally vindicated by the outcome of this case.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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