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Midwife leader to step down

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RCM general secretary Dame Karlene Davis will be standing down in October, ten years after she became the UK’s first black woman trade union leader.

She qualified as a midwife in 1974 after initially training and working as a nurse in Nottingham.

‘It has been a pleasure and privilege to lead my profession,’ she said last week, adding that she would continue to actively support the college.

Karen Jennings, head of health for Unison, paid tribute to Dame Karlene’s many years of ‘highly successful campaigning’.

’Dame Karlene has been an inspiration to many women both in her profession and as the country’s first black woman trade union leader,’ she said.

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