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Royal College of Midwives: Public Poll

ComRes interviewed 2,039 GB adults online between the 29th and 31st August 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Date Published: 06 Sep 2014


 There is strong public backing for industrial action by midwives in their pay dispute with NHS employers, according to a new poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of the Royal College of Midwives. Three-fifths (63%) of the British public would support industrial action by midwives, provided that arrangements were made to ensure that any pregnant woman in need of immediate care during the period of the industrial action received care as usual. There is also overwhelming backing for a one per cent increase to NHS staff pay, with four in five (80%) polled saying they would support the pay rise.