Midwives strike across Derry tomorrow

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  • Majority of community midwife apppointments postponed
  • Elective Caesarean Section postponed
  • Further industrial action planned

The Western Trust has advised that a “limited” number of services will be available to expectant mothers and post natal patients tomorrow due to a planned strike by members of the Royal College of Midwives.

A spokesperson for the Trust has this morning told the Journal that the majority of community midwife antenatal clinics have been postponed.

Management and staff are working closely with local Trades Unions representatives to minimise any disruption to services and to ensure 齛 safe service is provided to mothers and their babies during the planned industrial action.”

Western Trust spokesperson

The Trust has also confirmed that all elective Caesarean Sections have been postponed.

Consultant Led Antenatal clinics will still go ahead as planned.

During this time urgent and emergency examinations and procedures will still be carried out. All maternity wards will have normal midwifery staffing levels.

Patients who had appointments for Thursday 30 April have been contacted directly to rearrange these.

The spokesperson added: “Management and staff are working closely with local Trades Unions representatives to minimise any disruption to services and to ensure that a 齛safe service is provided to mothers and their babies during the planned industrial action.”

Members of the R.C.M recently voted by 9-1 in favour of strike action - the first such vote in the college’s 134-year history.

Midwives in Derry and across the North are calling for the same 1 per cent pay increase given to their colleagues in Wales, Scotland and England.

Further industrial action is planned between May 1 and May 7.