39 cross-party MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by fellow MP Virendra Sharma which calls on the Government to waive the £120 Nursing and Midwifery Council registration fee for nurses, in recognition of their lifesaving work during coronavirus epidemic in the UK.
In the letter to Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, the group of MP's wrote "we are concerned that nurses, who are working incredibly hard on the frontline of this unprecedented public health emergency, still have to pay their £120 registration fee to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
We strongly believe that the Government should either waive the fee or contribute to the NMC on their behalf, in recognition of their vital work at this critical time".
The letter can be read in full HERE
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England. Nursing professionals must register and pay an annual £120 fee in order to be recognised as a registered nurse.
Jon said: "Nurses and other health and social care professionals have shown tremendous courage and determination in their duties and have gone above and beyond to contain this hideous disease, and provide world class care to those affected.
Their sacrifice has been immense, and at a time when the Government has rightfully intervened to protect jobs and businesses, we believe that it is only fair that those who are putting their lives at risk for the benefit of society, receive similar levels of support".