Almost 100 people were struck off the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting register, according to provisional figures for the year to the end of March. In total, 96 practitioners were removed, equalling the 1996-97 figure. The number of complaints received by the UKCC also reached record levels last year, climbing to 1,142 from 1,077 the previous year. Royal College of Nursing policy adviser Helen Caulfield said it was 'absolutely right' that health professionals should be struck off if necessary, but urged the public to remember that those removed represent 'a tiny minority' of the nursing profession.