NMC reports rise in nurse fitness-to-practise investigations

The number of nurses investigated after a complaint rose nearly 20% last year, figures from the NMC show.

Some 1,759 new referrals were made to the NMC’s investigating committee in 2008/9, compared with 1,487 in 2007/8.

There was also a sharp rise in the proportion of allegations made against nurses by members of the public, accounting for 17% of the total in 2008/9, compared with just 9% in 2007/8.

The proportion of allegations made to the NMC about nurses by employers fell from 53 to 48% in this period.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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