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Petition to end pay cap

13 October, 2016

Petition to end pay cap

A petition to end the 1% cap on NHS pay for midwives and other healthcare professionals has gained more than 22,000 signatures in 10 days.

The petition, which opened on 3 October, says ‘the impact of the pay restraint is harsh. Many are sadly leaving the professions they love’.

It was set up days after the RCM submitted evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) calling for them to make an unfettered recommendation on pay. 

The petition says: ‘There is an NHS staff crisis... Staff reporting using food banks and hardship funds is increasing. The pay restraint must end.’

It is hosted on the petitions section of the UK parliament website and will remain open for signatures until 3 April next year.

The NHSPRB’s last recommendation was for a 1% pay award for midwives and NHS staff on the Agenda for Change pay band and was accepted by the government.

The RCM’s latest evidence to the NHSPRB shows a shortage of nearly 3500 midwives in the UK and says maternity units are struggling to meet the demands of the service.

The RCM’s view is that the pay award for 2017-18 should be a resetting of the pay structure to the Scotland rates; a restructure of bands 1-3 to deliver the living wage; and an uplift for staff based on RPI inflation.

To access the petition, click here. For more information on the evidence the RCM has submitted to the NHSPRB, click here

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