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Nurses: Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to prevent someone from re-entering nursing in the NHS when they have previously been deemed unsatisfactory for the nursing profession. (195716)

In order to work as a nurse, a person must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). If the NMC determines that a registrant is unfit to practise, they will be removed from the register and it would then be illegal for them to continue to practise as a nurse.

If a nurse who has been struck off wants to get back onto the register, they cannot apply for restoration before a period of five years has elapsed. Before restoring a person to the register, the Practice Committee must be satisfied the person holds an approved qualification and satisfies the registrar that they are capable of safe and effective practice as a nurse.