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Midwives will be ‘aghast’ says RCM on Scottish Conservative senior doctor pay findings

12 July, 2017

Midwives will be ‘aghast’ says RCM on Scottish Conservative senior doctor pay findings

Research by the Scottish Conservatives published today shows that bonuses were paid to thousands of leading NHS consultants last year, averaging more than £15,000 per head. The statistics – obtained through Freedom of Information – show £43,038,750 was paid to 2858 recipients in the last 12 months.

Commenting on the findings, Mary Ross-Davie, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Scotland, said: “Midwives and other health professionals across Scotland will be aghast at the level of payments to already very well paid colleagues. This will be especially galling when they, working in the same hospitals as these senior doctors, have faced years of pay freezes and pay restraint that have seen the average midwife around £6000 per year worse off in their pay packets.

“We are all appreciative and supportive of the hard work of these senior doctors. However, midwives have also delivered beyond expectations and are working incredibly hard under increasingly difficult circumstances to deliver the safest and best possible care to mothers and babies.

“This underlines even more the need for the Scottish Government to fund a long overdue fair pay award for our hardworking midwives and other NHS staff; one that makes up for years of effectively falling pay,  and one that shows the Scottish Government value them as much as they obviously value the senior doctors. ”

For more information on the Scottish Conservatives findings visit http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2017/07/senior-medics-rake-in-15k-a-head-as-nhs-bonuses-soar/.

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456, or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.

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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/.

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