Consultation outcome

Changes to Nursing and Midwifery Council governing legislation

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The government’s response to this consultation includes a detailed breakdown of the 1,424 responses received.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the government proposes to take forward the amendments set out in this consultation and lay the Order (under Section 60 of the Health Act 1999) in Parliament for debate.

An impact assessment sets out the costs and benefits of the options considered.

In addition the Equalities assessment considered the proposals in relation to the Equality Act 2010, and specifically, the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the proposed changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s midwifery regulation and fitness to practise processes.

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Consultation description

The government has proposed changes to current the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s governing legislation through changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

These proposed changes will:

  • remove statutory midwifery supervision provisions, which will result in a clear separation of the roles and purpose of the supervision and regulation of midwives
  • remove the statutory Midwifery Committee from the NMC’s governance structures.
  • make improvements to the NMC’s fitness to practise processes to enable further improvements and deal with cases in a more appropriate manner


Published 21 April 2016
Last updated 11 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Government response published to the consultation on the Nursing and Midwifery Council - amendments to modernise midwifery regulations.
  2. First published.