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RCM to consult members on gov pension proposals

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will seek member opinion on the government's final pension plan proposal.

During a meeting of the RCM Board last week (19 January), it was found the government's offer is “the best it can be achieved through negotiation”.

Members will be asked to accept or reject the reformed pension scheme, with a rejection vote implying “the need for serious and sustained industrial action”.

“We are seeking the views of members so that the RCM Board can make a final decision,” said Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the RCM.

“We remain concerned that the vast majority of midwives will not be able to meet the physical and mental demands of the profession when they are nearly seventy and, may not be able to provide the care that women expect and deserve.”

An RCM survey, taken last year, found 91% of respondents disagreed they should be forced to work until they are 68.

Question: Is it possible for midwives to strike without compromising patient care?