- Jeremy Hunt
Pay NHS staff fairly! #NHSpay
I’ve been a midwife for six years, caring for hundreds of expectant and new mothers. I love what I do and am very proud and privileged to work as a midwife. Just as all my colleagues in the NHS take great pride in their professions. We are asking for fair pay, because if we are not recognised for our worth, midwives and other staff will leave because we can no longer afford to work in the NHS.
There's an awful lot of good will in the NHS, and we knew that would be the case as we began our careers. We don't begrudge this, it's a vocation with immense reward and we willingly go above and beyond for the public. But it's being taken for granted. We are not being valued or recognised for our commitment, our worth.
This year, the independent NHS Pay Review Body recommended a 1% pay increase for all NHS staff, but this was rejected by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. After four years of pay restraint, NHS staff have reached the point where we say “enough is enough”.
Midwives and other staff work very hard under huge pressures every day and every night of the week. The birth rate has seen a staggering rise and the number of midwives hasn’t increased at the same rate. It means that in the past where we could take time in lieu for the days we’d worked beyond our hours, we can no longer find the time to, leading to hours of unpaid overtime. And it’s the same across the NHS.
Now we get in early, go home late. We do 12 hour shifts without sometimes a break and go out in the middle of the night when we might have worked all day too! The workload is relentless and cuts keep coming. But we stay. Why? Because we care passionately about the women and babies in our care and would never leave them without it.
I call on the Government to fully implement the recommendations of the Independent Pay Review Body, and to commit to keeping this well-established system for setting pay in the NHS. Midwives and all our NHS colleagues deserve fair pay.
Please sign this petition and tell the Government they are worth it.