We need to re­ward NHS staff

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - OPINION -

I read this week that along with ris­ing obe­sity lev­els, our mid­wives are un­der in­creas­ing strain at a time when the pro­fes­sion is fac­ing a re­cruit­ment short­age. Mid­wives are over­worked, so we’re los­ing ex­pe­ri­enced staff be­cause of the con­di­tions. Obe­sity in preg­nancy is also a very con­cern­ing is­sue. The Blue Planet doc­u­men­tary had a great im­pact in alert­ing us to the dan­gers of plas­tic waste. Per­haps if we in­vest some money in a doc­u­men­tary where peo­ple can see in full the im­pli­ca­tions of be­ing obese in preg­nancy, that might have a sim­i­lar ef­fect. So of­ten, peo­ple in car­ing pro­fes­sions can be taken ad­van­tage of. Work­ing ad­di­tional time un­paid wouldn’t hap­pen in law or ac­count­ing where ev­ery hour is charged for, so NHS staff need to be re­warded fairly too.

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