Midwives’ overtime claims are costing more than than the amount needed to meet a recommended annual pay rise of one per cent, a new report claims.
According to the Royal College of Midwives, during a week of strike action in October its members claimed for time worked over and above their allotted hours they would otherwise have done for free.
“The upshot is that in 2016 many of our members will be on the same pay as they were in 2013”
The RCM gave midwives time cards to record the extra work they put in that week and so far the results from around 500 of them show that on average they worked about three hours more than they were contracted to every week.
The results were revealed during another week of strikes this week over the government and NHS refusal to give staff the one per cent pay award recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body. It would take midwives just 13 hours or around four weeks of paid overtime to make up the difference, the RCM says.
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick accused the government of trying to confuse the public about the pay dispute. She said it was not fair that RCM members will receive the same pay levels in 2016 as they did last year.
She said denying the pay award is a political decision rather than an economic one as the government has cut its budget and that is why there isn’t enough money in the NHS.
“The upshot is that in 2016 many of our members will be on the same pay as they were in 2013. This is not right or fair,” she said.