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NMC seeks greater public involvement

The NMC is calling for members of the public to contribute to the healthcare system.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is looking for members of the public with a passion for healthcare to play a key role in raising standards.

The drive follows a new survey revealing that demand for greater public involvement in health services is growing.

Some 60 per cent of UK citizens regard grass-roots participation in the way the healthcare system works to be "very important", the survey shows.

In accordance, the NMC wants ordinary members of the public to join the Appointments Board and Midwifery Committee in order to share their opinions and experiences.

The NMC hopes that the drive will help to maintain standards as well as going some way to boost the workforce in the maternity service.

Jackie Brambles, a mum of two and presenter of the ITV daytime show Loose Women, who is supporting the NMC's search for skilled professionals, said: "I would urge anyone who wants a say in healthcare, even if they work outside of the profession, to get in touch with the NMC and see how their day-to-day skills can make a difference to society."

NMC's head of midwifery, Christina McKenzie, added: "This opportunity to join our committees and panels allows people with a passion for healthcare to bring their day-to-day skills to the NMC and make a real difference to the nursing and midwifery professions."

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