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17 September, 2018

Midwives and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Wales have accepted the negotiated proposals for NHS staff on the Agenda for Chang pay scale.

11 September, 2018

Scotland is seeing increasing obesity levels and age of mothers in pregnancy and a big rise in midwifery vacancies.  This means demands on Scottish maternity services are increasing says the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Scotland in a new report out today.

11 September, 2018

The number of NHS midwives in England rose by just 67 in the last year, despite universities turning out over 2,000 newly-trained staff, according to the latest State of Maternity Services Report published today by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

9 September, 2018

Today the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock announced  that health and care staff will be part of a health and social care conversation, as a new national engagement exercise is launched.

7 September, 2018

A motion which includes calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal is being put forward by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and other unions at the TUC Congress starting today. The TUC Congress runs from the 9th -12th September in Manchester.

28 August, 2018

New research published today (Tuesday 28th August) by the Labour Party shows that nearly half of England’s maternity units closed to new mothers at some point in 2017.


20 August, 2018

Birthrights has today (Tuesday 20th August) published the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on maternal request for caesarean section.




17 August, 2018

Midwives and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives in Scotland (RCM) accepted the negotiated proposals for NHS staff on the Agenda for Change staff pay.

In June the RCM in Scotland and the other Scottish health unions negotiated a three year pay package alongside reforms to AFC pay scales for NHS staff with the Scottish Government.

The RCM’s member elected Board then backed this pay deal and recommended that members in Scotland accepted it.

Today’s acceptance announcement follows a consultation with Scottish members of the RCM which closed at midnight on Tuesday.

A large majority (95%) of respondents voted to accept the negotiated set of proposals for staff in the NHS in Scotland.

The deal means that the value of the top pay point of Bands 1 to 8C will increase by 9% cumulatively over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21. Additionally, existing pay bands will be restructured and the number of pay points in each will be reduced, meaning that staff currently below the top of their band will see quicker pay progression to the top.

Commenting on the result, Emma Currer, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Scotland Lead Negotiator, said: “The RCM is pleased that our members have accepted this pay offer. It means that midwives, maternity support workers and other hardworking NHS staff in Scotland can finally begin to recoup the losses they incurred after years of pay freezes, pay stagnation and uplifts well below inflation.


14 August, 2018


A midwife member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has won compensation of almost £5000 at a tribunal over indirect sex discrimination by One-to-One Midwives (North West), her former employer.

Naomi Leigh-Poole took One-to-One to a tribunal because they failed to inform her of potential jobs she could apply for at the organisation, at time when she faced possible redundancy. This was despite her making a written request for them to keep her informed of potential jobs while she was on maternity leave.

2 August, 2018

A new Position Statement from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) supports the universal provision of baby boxes in the UK. Currently baby boxes are given to all new babies in Scotland. In England some NHS Trusts have introduced pilot schemes or full baby box schemes over the last two years. Wales and Northern Ireland do not have any baby box schemes.

31 July, 2018

Today (Wednesday 1st August) marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018 and this year the theme is ‘Foundation of Life’.

World Breastfeeding week 2018 will focus on how breastfeeding helps prevent malnutrition in all its forms, ensures food security even in times of crisis and breaks the cycle of poverty.

31 July, 2018

Media outlets have reported about a suicide bombing at a midwife training centre in Afghanistan. Commenting on the attack, Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is a despicable and cowardly attack on people who are dedicated to the care and wellbeing of women and their babies, as well as the children that were at the centre. Such an attack can have no political motive, it is simply evil.

31 July, 2018

Today  the World Health Organisation and UNICEF have published a report on breastfeeding in the first hour after birth. It says that an estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding.

30 July, 2018

The Scottish Government have today pledged to help support mothers in Scotland to breastfeed for longer through a £2 million pound investment programme.

The additional funding, which comes ahead of World Breastfeeding Week, will be used by health boards and other partners to prevent or manage common issues which can affect how long mums breastfeed for.

The investment aims to address the government's commitment through its Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan to reduce the drop off in breastfeeding rates at six to eight weeks after birth by 10% by 2025.

This follows advice from the World Health Organisation which shows that as well as giving babies the best nutritional start in life breastfeeding can improve the long-term health of mothers and children and prevent obesity.


20 July, 2018

Today the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care made  a speech outlining his priorities for the NHS. Commenting on his reported speech, Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “These are very encouraging words and we look forward to working with the new Health Secretary.