April 14, 2019
Midwives strike pay and progress deal
A promise to better support Māori and Pacific midwives in training is one of the high points in a new joint accord between the midwives’ unions, DHBs, and the Ministry of Health.
The accord follows Friday’s vote by midwives working for district health boards to accept a new multi-employer collective agreement.
Health Minister David Clark says the ministry and DHBs have heard from midwives about the pressure the workforce is under, especially around the management of safe workloads.
The accord commits the parties to working together to encourage new midwifery graduates to choose DHB employment, and develop strategies for retention of existing midwives and for workforce development.
They will also roll out a new safe staffing tool covering care, capacity and demand management.
Dr Clark says the accord, which will be signed today, establishes a forum to deal with long standing issues in the sector.
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