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New nurse is denied a year’s maternity pay

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A newly qualified nurse has criticised NHS maternity arrangements after finding she became ineligible for a year of maternity pay once she found a job.

A newly qualified nurse has criticised NHS maternity arrangements after finding she became ineligible for a year of maternity pay once she found a job.

Chloe Tomlin (pictured), a staff nurse at the critical care unit in York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, qualified in January this year and became pregnant in May. Although entitled to a year of maternity pay as a student, she will receive just six weeks’ pay. After that she will receive just £411 a month statutory maternity pay.

‘We can’t work out how we are going to make ends meet,’ Ms Tomlin told NT. ‘If nursing students get maternity pay, I don’t understand why newly qualifieds don’t.’

Kate Harper, the trust’s deputy nursing director, said: ‘This is a national policy. Experience as students does not count towards NHS employment so their continuous service only starts on commencement of full employment.’

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