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RCM launches election manifesto

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The RCM has written to parliamentary candidates asking them to support to several initiatives to improve conditions for midwives and expectant mothers.

The manifesto contains three key themes: staffing, maternal mental health, and the issue of pay.

It asks the candidates to invest in the service to end the shortage of midwives in the NHS by 2020, ensure that there are specialist inpatient mother-and-baby units across England, and to continue to ask the NHS Pay Review Body for their recommendations on pay increases for NHS workers.

RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: 'We look forward to receiving responses from all the parliamentary candidates to these questions, and hope that they will recognise their importance for a strong and reliable NHS when almost 700,000 babies are born in England each year. '

Stuart Bonar, a public affair advisor for the RCM said: 'We would really like to see more done about the shortage of midwives in the next parliament. While the coalition government and the previous Labour government made progress on closing the gap, there is still a shortage of midwives in the NHS.'

The RCN has also launched an election manifestowhich focuses on the three issues: the protection of nursing, the improvement of patient care, and increased investment in health and social care services.

The RCN's election manifesto calls on politicians to invest in community nurses.

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