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4 September, 2017

Country news: Scotland

News and updates from RCM Scotland by director Mary Ross-Davie (Midwives Autumn 2017).

Out and About:

Since my last column I have visited NHS Lanarkshire, Grampian, and Ayrshire and Arran with national officers Emma Currer and Jackie Mitchell. Come for a chat when we visit the Borders in September; and Tayside, Forth Valley and Fife in November.

Best Start Review Implementation:

It was great to be part of the first Best Start board meeting in June. I will continue to press at every opportunity for adequate funding and staffing to support successful implementation. The RCM Scotland team will be running workshops to facilitate discussion about implementing continuity of carer, so look out for dates.

Fair Pay Overdue:

After the launch of our Fair Pay Overdue campaign in July, I spoke on members’ behalf to the NHS Pay Review Body team when they visited NHS Borders, making the case for a pay rise for midwives and MSWs at least in line with inflation. I also joined a demonstration there with other unions for a fair pay deal for all NHS workers.

Farewells:

At the Lead Midwives Scotland group meeting in June we wished farewell to Cathy Warwick, the then RCM chief executive, and Annette Lobo, consultant midwife in Fife, who are both retiring. I would also like to send warm wishes to our members across Scotland
who have retired this year. Thank you for everything
you have contributed.

Pride:

At Edinburgh Pride, 16 students and midwives from Edinburgh Napier University and NHS Lothian joined us to celebrate the gains already made, and call for an end to inequality and discrimination for LGBTQI+ people.

Perinatal mental health:

We are building our involvement with this important issue. We have joined the Maternal Mental Health Alliance Scotland and their Everybody’s Business campaign. We are also on the new national managed clinical network. 

The RCM Scotland team want every member to have accessible, high-quality representation and support where they work. To achieve this, we need more local workplace reps – stewards, health and safety reps, and learning reps. You’ll get great training and support for these roles and receive facility time away from clinical duties. Email infoscotland@rcm.org.uk or call RCM Connect on 0300 303 0444 for details.  

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