The annual registration fee paid to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) by all qualified nurses in Britain increased to £100 from February 1.

This increase will enable the NMC to pay the £150,000 fine imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a data breach on February 15 ("Nursing regulator fined for data loss", The Herald, February 16).

While imposing the fine the "ICO urged more care with personal data".

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Patients deserve better nursing care, nurses deserve better regulation.

Neil Sinclair,

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30 Clarence Street,