Midwives on strike: what does it mean for me?

On 13 October midwives in England will strike for 4 hours, so will labour wards be closing?


Midwives will join other NHS workers in England and go on strike next month. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said 82% of its members voted in favour of the action over pay.


The midwives will strike for 4 hours from 7am on Monday 13 October, 2014.

How will the strike affect you?

If you have an ante-natal or post-natal appointment between 7-11am on Monday 13 October then you may need to rearrange your appointment. “Each maternity service provider should be contacting women if appointments may be affected,” a spokesman for RCM said.

If you’re due to give birth around this date, don’t panic. Midwives will still be in labour wards helping women giving birth and maternity units will not close due to strike action. “Women in labour will probably not even notice the strike action,” the spokesman said. “Any woman in labour will receive care as normal.

“The level of service is to be determined by local maternity service providers but we anticipate a level of service similar to that on Bank Holidays.”

“The RCM will be meeting with employers to discuss our action and to ensure that mothers and babies are not put at any risk,” Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives added. “I want to reassure women expecting a baby that midwives will continue to look after them and that they will be safe.”

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