The report by the Pay Review Body highlights the issue of staff shortages as an obstacle when it comes to introducing seven-day services effectively and safely.
Both the NHS and The Royal College of Midwives unions came together to discuss the report and welcomed the PRB’s proposals to potentially deliver NHS services seven days a week.
Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM, Jon Skewes said: “We welcome the NHS Pay Review Body’s (PRB) report. The RCM presented extensive evidence to the PRB, both written and in person demonstrating that unsocial hours’ payments are necessary to the existing performance of seven days services such as maternity. Midwives have always worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 a year to provide high quality, safe services to women and their families.”
The PRB report comes shortly after the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, presented his vision for the NHS at the King’s Fund in London today.
His speech revealed his plans for the NHS for the next twenty-five years, however the RCM believes his vision contradicts the Government’s spending cuts to public health.
Chief Executive, of the RCM, Cathy Warwick, commented on his speech saying: “Jeremy Hunt’s long-term vision for the NHS and for greater empowerment of the people it cares for is admirable and to be welcomed.
“However, there appears to be contradiction in his vision for the NHS and his government’s cuts to public health spending. This suggests short-term thinking and seems to undermine his statement.”