RCM pleased that Government listened to calls on visa extensions for midwives 

By RCM pleased that Government listened to calls on visa extensions for midwives  Midwives RCM Maternity Services NHS Staff Midwifery NHS NHS Wales NHS England coronavirus Government

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has welcomed the Government’s decision to include midwives and social workers in the group of healthcare workers entitled to automatic visa extensions having initially excluded them.


Commenting, RCM’s Head of Health and Social Policy Sean O’ Sullivan said:

“We are happy that the Government have listened to our calls and have reversed their unusual decision to not include midwives from automatically extending their visa while working in the NHS during this global pandemic. This will be a relief for many RCM members have had weeks of worry that they would face losing their legal working status when their current visa expired. The Government needs to show that they are on the same side as overseas midwives who are staffing NHS maternity services during this national crisis and this decision will go towards that.”


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Notes to editors:

  1. The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/