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Maternity Services: Manpower

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent (a) midwives and (b) obstetricians were employed in the NHS in each year since 1995. (126169)

The following table shows the number of full-time equivalent medical staff in the obstetrics and gynaecology specialities and registered midwives in each year since 1995.

NHS hospital and community health services: Medical staff in the obstetrics and gynaecology specialties and midwifery staff in England as at 30 September each specified year

Full-time equivalent

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Obstetrics and gynaecology

3,406

3,540

3,608

3,685

3,684

3,677

3,711

3,898

4,069

4,286

4,580

Registered midwives

18,034

18,262

18,053

18,168

17,876

17,662

18,048

18,119

18,444

18,854

18,949

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census

The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census