Media Statement
17 November, 2016
Talks continue in midwives’ pay case
Representatives of the New Zealand College of Midwives and Ministry of Health are continuing their discussions on the payment system for Lead Maternity Care midwives. The parties agree the current payment system inadequately reflects the challenges of modern midwifery practice.
The parties are continuing to work together in good faith towards a fair and reasonable outcome. They have agreed to seek an adjournment to the Court fixture until the first available date in 2017 to enable meetings to continue on:

– A proposal for an immediate funding increase to address short term pressures;
– Options for Budget 2017 funding proposal that includes urgent urban relief, rural and remote services and antenatal care pressures;
– A process to co-design a new sustainable funding model for LMC midwifery services to continue to improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

There will be no further comment at this time as the mediation process remains confidential.
Contact: Ali Jones, 027 247 3112

The New Zealand College of Midwives launched legal proceedings against the Government in 2015 alleging that inadequate remuneration for community based Lead Maternity Care (LMC) midwives was due to discrimination on the basis of gender. The case was due to go to Court on 15 August this year. Shortly before that date, the College accepted an offer by the Ministry of Health to enter mediation. The parties agreed to review progress on 4 November and on that date agreed to meet again 16 November. The statement above summarises the position following that meeting.

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