RCM calls on government to give midwives a substantial pay rise

The RCM is calling on the government to bring forward pay talks and to give midwives and other NHS staff a substantial pay increase.

The call follows today’s announcement of public sector pay rises that do not include midwives, maternity support workers (MSW) and nurses.

RCM executive director for external relations Jon Skewes said: “Midwives, MSWs and many of their NHS colleagues are not included in today’s announcement. The RCM and other health unions are calling on the government to bring forward a pay deal set for April 2021, and to negotiate a much more substantial increase for these staff.

“This should recognise the urgent need to recruit more staff into the NHS, retain those we already have and restore real earnings. The Chancellor cannot ignore this call any longer.

“The massive contribution and dedication of our NHS workers during the pandemic has shown just how valuable they are. It is now time to give midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff the early and substantial pay rise they deserve.”

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