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Strike action supported by midwives

1st July 2014
Midwives and maternity support workers would support potential strike action.

NHS (2)This is according to The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), who reported a "sense of anger and frustration" among its members.

The RCM will now decide whether to take industrial action.

An independent body, The NHS Pay Review, had recommended a 1% pay rise for all staff but the government disagreed.

Earlier this year, ministers announced a basic 1% pay rise, but not for those members of staff who were receiving automatic "progression-in-job" increases.

The RCM believes this does meet the increased cost of living and say this decision amounts to a pay cut. The chief executive of the RCM, said: "We knew midwives were angry about the derisory offer from the Government, but this response from our members highlights just how unfairly they have been treated."

An NHS spokesperson said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we know that midwives across the country are working hard.

"Since May 2010, there are 1,700 more midwives helping expectant mothers and we want to protect these increases.        

The Department of Health said it was "disappointed" and urged unions to "put patients first".

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