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Conservatives pledge more flexible working for NHS staff

4 October, 2017

Conservatives pledge more flexible working for NHS staff

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Jeremy Hunt. Credit: Shutterstock.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged to create additional training posts for student nurses and more flexible working for NHS staff at the Conservative party conference yesterday (3 October).

The announcement was welcomed by the RCM.

RCM director for services to members Suzanne Tyler said: ‘This is a welcome commitment to the NHS and may go some way to addressing the often woeful staffing levels.’

But she said that there remained a shortfall of 3500 fulltime midwives in England, a shortage that has lasted for over a decade.

‘Midwives are leaving the profession because of workloads and staff shortages, and Mr Hunt needs to show his commitment to mothers, babies and staff by giving England’s hard-pressed maternity services the midwives it needs to provide safe, high-quality care,’ said Suzanne.

She added that while the health secretary’s commitment to flexible working was welcome, details were needed, and the issue of pay still needed to be addressed.

‘We also need to see the pay cap for NHS staff lifted and for our hard working midwives, nurses and other staff to be given the fair pay award that they deserve after years of pay freezes,’ she said.

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