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Midwives: Manpower

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the numbers of midwives needed by the NHS (a) now and (b) over the next five years. (126165)

It is for local planners with support from the workforce review team to determine their future requirement for midwives to meet local service needs.

The NHS operating framework for 2007-08, requires all national health service organisations to undertake a comprehensive review of their maternity services, including the workforce capacity, as preparation for the delivery of maternity commitments outlined in ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our Say’ by 2009.