NMC leaders resign after devastating watchdog report

The president and chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have resigned after a watchdog found 'serious weaknesses' in the body's governance.


The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) investigated allegations of racism and bullying in the NMC, raised earlier this year by Labour MP for Livingston Jim Devine.

It found evidence of ‘behaviour that is undoubtedly experienced as bullying by many people involved', serious weaknesses in governance and inadequate operation of fitness to practise procedures.

Chief executive Sarah Thewlis announced her resignation yesterday after Nancy Kirkland resigned as president on Monday.

Mrs Kirkland said: ‘CHRE's report makes very tough reading for the NMC. Although I have only been president for a short time, I share and take responsibility for the criticisms made by CHRE and I feel honour bound to do so.'


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