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Nobody Move Or the Mother and Baby Get It!

Posted on the 21 April 2016 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

From The Royal College of Midwives:
As a union the RCM argues that being part of the EU has led to better working conditions, and will ensure these remain in place. These benefits include equal pay for women, a guarantee that pregnant women get paid time off to attend antenatal appointments, minimum holiday entitlements, maternity rights and protection for those working part-time. These are rights worth protecting, and so long as the UK remains in the EU they are rights that UK Government’s [sic] cannot take away.
Remaining in the EU also helps to maintain safety in the NHS and promotes high standards among healthcare professionals. There are over 33,000 nurses and midwives from other EU countries working in the NHS. EU rules mean that they must have training and skills equal to UK trained staff. This helps to ensure high standards and good quality care in our NHS.
Healthcare colleagues from across the EU also help to fill the vacancies on our maternity units and wards.
Membership of the EU helps the UK Government to have the money to invest in the NHS and other public services. It is the taxes that flow from a growing economy that pay for public services like the NHS. The economic turbulence that would follow a UK exit from the EU would jeopardise this.

The Equal Pay Act was first enacted in... 1970.
Do they seriously think that a future UK government would reverse the right to time off for ante-natal care?
Let's accept that staff training standards are high in other EU member states and so they are more or less automatically qualified to work in UK hospitals. What changes after Brexit..?
Yes, the NHS is disproportionately staffed by people from abroad at all skill levels, many are from other EU member states, many are (poached from) from non-EU member states i.e. developing countries. No sane politician is going to put a stop to this, the NHS would grind to a halt overnight.
Why do they think that "economic turmoil" would automatically follow Brexit?

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