Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCM, Gill Walton, said: “I am pleased that our members have accepted this offer. It means that midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff can start to recoup the losses of the last eight years. That’s a real increase as inflation falls to 2.4%.
“It also means the increase to starting salaries for new midwives, who let us not forget will for the first time be burdened with significant student debt.”
NHS midwives and other staff will see the money in their July pay, backdated from April.
Overall, thirteen unions (including the RCM) voted to accept the government’s proposal while one union voted against.
“This is not the end point but the beginning of the RCM and other health unions continuing to negotiate for the fair pay our NHS staff deserve,” Gill Walton added.
RCM held 50 pay meetings across England during the consultation period, with views from members who attended the meeting being in line with the consultation result.
Health Secretary said that the pay rise was “well-deserved for staff”.
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