The Nursing and Midwifery Council's ability to protect the public comes into question today with a performance review from the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.

The regulator says that although the Nursing and Midwifery Council is carrying out its statutory functions, it is not reaching the standards the public has the right to expect.

It identifies serious weaknesses in the NMC's governance and culture, in the conduct of its council, in its ability to protect the interests of the public through fitness to practise processes, and in its ability to retain the confidence of key stakeholders.

To download the report, visit www.chre.org.uk