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NMC to relax ‘agreed removal’ register rules

Nurse regulator the NMC has relaxed its ‘voluntary removal’ rules in favour of a more flexible ‘agreed removal’ approach.

Conditions such as a concluded investigation, and acceptance by the professional of all allegations against them will be removed in a new system of agreed removal from the register.

Agreed removal takes place when nursing and midwifery professionals who are subject to fitness to practise concerns ask to be removed from the register.

‘Agreed removal’ aims to protect the public at the earliest opportunity, while also reducing the professional’s involvement in the regulatory process.

However, the NMC says that it retains the right to fully investigate serious concerns before an independent panel and the ability to strike off registrants. People who raised the concern will be consulted on any agreed removal.

Lesley Maslen, executive director of professional regulation, said: “We hope this change will also help us reduce the fitness to practise caseload swiftly and fairly.”

Read the full removal policy.

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