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British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 5, Iss. 4, 22 Feb 1996, pp 202 - 203

Mary Uprichard, the President of the UKCC, in her foreword to the UKCCs (1996) document on the Steering Groups

review of the Council, states:

Self-regulation of the professions of nursing, midwifery and health visiting is an immense privilege which carries with it significant responsibilities.

Who could disagree with these remarks? While the UKCC has achieved a great deal since beginning its work in 1983, its significant responsibilities have weighed heavily on its shoulders. The result, as perceived from the outside, is a slow-moving, bureaucratic and secretive dinosaur. In an age when bad news tends to be overemphasized, the UKCC has still managed to score a number of stunning own goals and the resulting bad press in both professional and national papers and journals has left many in the professions sadly shaking their heads.

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