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Midwives warned not to 'undermine' GP strike

Midwives are being advised not to undermine the industrial action by doctors taking place this week (21 June) and to “work as normal”.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said it “respects” the “legitimate action” taken by the British Medical Association (BMA).

“We are advising our members to work as normal but not to undertake work that would undermine the BMA action,” Jon Skewes, director of employment relations and development at the RCM.

On a 53.18% turnout, over three-quarters (78.96%) BMA GP members voted in favour of industrial action short of a strike and 63.25% voting for an outright strike.  

Under the plans it is thought GP practices would remain open and staffed so they could see patients in need of urgent attention on the day of action, but routine, non-urgent appointments would not be available.

Decisions on what duties would be postponed would be based on the professional judgment of individual doctors.  

In what was described as a “pragmatic decision”, 71.8% of RCM members voted to accept the offer in May with 28.2% rejecting the government's proposal for pension reform.

“Our members voted to accept the Government's pension offer and with reluctance the RCM Board agreed,” said Skewes.

“It is the best deal that could be obtained by negotiation. We will therefore be engaging with other NHS unions on the implementation of the pensions offer accepted by RCM members." 

Do you agree with the BMA's decision to take industrial action over pension reform?