Trade union Unison has criticised the financial mismanagement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) following the publication of a new report.
The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) recently released its strategic review into the NMC and its recommendations were welcomed by Unison.
Gail Adams, head of nursing at the union, called for their urgent implementation and questioned why nurses and midwives should be forced to pay for mistakes made by the council.
She called on the government to meet urgently with trade unions to prevent another "undeserved hit" on their finances.
"It is perverse to demand that registrants should bail out organisations who are in trouble as a result of their own financial mismanagement – particularly nurses and midwives," Ms Adams said.
In the report, CHRE chief executive Harry Cayton called on the NMC to apply its efforts to rebuilding confidence in regulation and devote itself to the public's protection.