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Let’s make every Monday #MoreMidwivesMonday


People are angry about David Cameron dropping his personal pledge to recruit thousands of extra midwives into the NHS. I know this because so many tell me. I also know this because over 44,000 people have now signed the More Midwives e-petition, calling on the government to recruit 5,000 more midwives into the NHS in England. That is over 44,000 people who are sick and tired of excuses as to why there shouldn’t be far more midwives working in the NHS when the country is in the midst of a baby boom. This number is, by the way, far more than those who voted for any MP currently sitting in the House of Commons.

This gave me an idea. We need 100,000 people to sign the petition before 22 August if MPs are to be compelled to consider this issue. It’s a big job of work between now and then to get the remaining 60,000 signatures we need. So, I thought, why not launch a regular call to action on Twitter – where the RCM has an account?

To that end I’ve invented the hashtag #MoreMidwivesMonday (in the style of #followfriday) and I want everyone who is on Twitter to make use of it.

So every Monday I would like you to send a tweet, tagged with #MoreMidwivesMonday, and tell your followers to sign our e-petition. Paste in this short link to take people there: http://bit.ly/L9zWYt

If you are not familiar with Twitter then read this page to learn about hashtags. Twitter is a really simple way for people to communicate, and if you want to know more about it, even if you are just a little bit curious, you can find out more about Twitter here.

Please help the RCM campaign for more midwives with #MoreMidwivesMonday!