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Changes to the NHS Maternity Agreement

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

In December 2004, improvements to the NHS maternity and adoption provisions were agreed. More details here...

In December 2004, improvements to the NHS maternity and adoption provisions were agreed. The changes will mean that NHS employees who fulfill the service requirements which entitle them to receive maternity and adoption leave, and pay, above the statutory minimum will receive an additional four weeks at half pay, plus any statutory maternity or adoption pay to which they are entitled. The new agreement will apply to all employees whose expected week of childbirth began on or after 5th December 2004. The full NHS entitlement to maternity pay is, therefore:

  • full pay, inclusive of any statutory payments, for the first eight weeks of absence;
  • payment for the next 18 weeks will be half of full pay plus any statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance, provided that this does not add up to more than full pay. (Prior to the new agreement the final four weeks of this 18 week period was paid only at statutory rates)

NHS employers are being informed of this change via the NHS Workforce Bulletin produced by the new NHS Employers organisation. The information appeared in Issue No.3 in December and a copy can be downloaded. Details of the new agreement are contained in Sections 15 and 35 of the new Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions Handbook, available via the CSP and DH websites.

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