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NMC to speed up fitness to practise process

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The government has agreed in principle to implement reforms to the NMC to make the fitness to practise process faster, more consistent and more economical.

The two proposed changes involve bringing in a system of professional case examiners to make decisions at the investigation phase of the process to decide if cases should proceed to a final public hearing and a power to review decisions to close cases at investigation stage.

The final phase of a fitness to practise case would still be heard by an independent panel, which comprises at least one nurse or midwife and at least one lay member, advised by a legal assessor.

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