The Nursing and Midwifery Council is making 'real progress on all issues' since a highly critical regulatory review of its work, its stakeholders have said.

In June, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence identified problems with governance, conduct and ability to protect the public.

Representatives of Unison, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing and Unite met with the council's directors and last week said they were satisfied it was improving.

"During the meeting, we received reports on progress with governance, fitness to practise and stakeholder engagement," they said in a joint statement.

"It was clear from the information which we received that the NMC, its council members and staff have all put immense time and effort into delivering the plan and as a result of this we have seen real progress on all issues and we wish to acknowledge this.

"It is also clear that much has been achieved but there is more to be accomplished and we have again offered help and assistance to ensure that the action plan is achieved.

"We remain committed as stakeholders to working with both the current council and the newly appointed board when it takes office in January 2009 and staff to effectively deliver this plan."