The RCM says that the EU protects and supports midwifery by ensuring safe and decent working conditions, as well as providing the economy for the Government to invest in the NHS.
According to the union, staying in the EU will mean working benefits such as equal pay for women, guaranteed paid leave for pregnant women to attend antenatal appointments, minimum holiday entitlements and maternity rights will remain for the UK.
Speaking about the union’s decision, Chief Executive of the RCM Cathy Warwick said: “We are laying out to our members why we think it is important that we remain part of the EU. I believe midwifery in the UK is stronger for it, I believe patient care is safer because of it and I believe working conditions are better as a result of it.”
There are currently 33,000 nurses and midwives from other EU countries working in the NHS. EU rules state they must have the same training and skills equal to UK members of staff.
The union believes this ensures high-quality care and safety for patients under the NHS.
“To me, the benefits of staying in and the risks of leaving are both crystal clear. Staying in is better for the NHS, it is better for women, and it is better for midwives. We are better off in,” Cathy Warwick added.
The EU Referendum is due to be held Thursday 23 June 2016.
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