The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is advising its members not to do anything to undermine the industrial action by doctors set for Thursday, 21st June 2012, and to work as normal. As the lead professional in maternity services midwives deliver the majority of maternity care to mothers, babies and their families.

Commenting, Jon Skewes, director of employment relations and development at the RCM, said: "This is legitimate action by our BMA medical colleagues and we respect their decision. We are advising our members to work as normal but not to undertake work that would undermine the BMA action.

"Our members voted to accept the Government's pension offer and with reluctance the RCM Board agreed. 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.

"Midwives have a profound sense of duty to the women and babies they look after, and they will continue to deliver the best care possible on the day."

Posted by Penny Hosie