The RCM has called for an inflation-proofed pay award for midwives and other NHS staff.
The news comes after the latest inflation figures were published by the Office for National Statistics yesterday (13 December).
They show Consumer Price Index inflation rising to 1.2% in November.
Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: ‘This rise highlights why the government should desist from pressurising the NHS Pay Review Body to keep potential pay awards to NHS staff to a maximum of 1%.
‘Midwives and other NHS staff have already seen the value of their pay plummet over the last five years as a result of pay restraint and other changes such as increased pension contributions and increases to national insurance.
‘This has left many midwives thousands of pounds worse off than they otherwise would be. They are working harder and harder for less and less and it is not good enough.
‘The RCM is calling for an inflation-proofed pay award for midwives and other NHS staff.’
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