NMC charges have historically been published by the regulator. Irrespective the fact that no hearing had taken place or any finding of truth over an allegation, all the charges involved in the case along with accompanying details would be made publicly available 28 days ahead of the hearing taking place.
The new NMC is that from now on they only provide detailed information relating to the case once the charges have been read out in public at the hearing. In terms of professional reputation of individuals facing unfounded NMC charges, this is a welcome improvement.
A certain amount of disclosure may still take place, but only published a week in advance of a hearing. That information would include the name of the person facing NMC charges, their PIN, venue and date of the hearing, country where the allegation took place, and also the NMC committee dealing with the case.
In terms of professional reputation of individuals facing unfounded NMC charges, this is a welcome improvement."
The NMC talking with the Nursing Times said it would “help to ensure fairness to all parties”, because charges could sometimes change by the time the hearing began.
The Nursing Times probed the NMC as to whether the decision had been made as a consequence of the recent well publicised case against Ms Cafferkey. A spokeswoman for the regulator replied to them that the changes in the disclosure of NMC charges were “something the NMC had been considering for a little while”.
“These changes will help to ensure fairness to all parties, as charges at pre-hearing stage may be subject to change,” added the spokeswoman.
”We will still publish details of each hearing, including the headline charge, a week ahead of the hearing taking place and we will provide a copy of the full charges once they have been confirmed on the day,” she said, in response to the Nursing Times.
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