Ministers urge investigation as MP says NMC is 'fundamentally dysfunctional'

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) appears to be a 'fundamentally dysfunctional' organisation with a culture of 'racism and bullying', and has misspent funds and misused staff, an MP has said.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw

Labour MP Jim Devine told MPs in a House of Commons debate: ‘The NMC should be run with integrity, competence and transparency. Unfortunately, that appears not to be the case. It appears to be a fundamentally dysfunctional organisation where the priority of those in control is to maintain the status quo at the expense of proper transparency and good governance.'

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said he took the allegations extremely seriously and had written to the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence to ask it to determine whether the NMC was fulfilling its statutory functions. He also backed a call for the Charity Commission to investigate the NMC.

The NMC rejected the allegations. A spokeswoman said: ‘We very much welcome the Minister's assistance and the opportunity for independent scrutiny of our governance and operating processes by the Charity Commission and the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence. We are confident that this will provide us with the opportunity - thus far denied - to put forward our case.'

For the full story see the March 17 issue of Independent Nurse

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