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Midwives

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average case load was of full-time equivalent registered community midwives in each of the last 12 years for which figures are available; (127282)

(2) what assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the size of the caseload of community midwives; and whether her Department has issued advice on the appropriate (a) average, (b) minimum and (c) maximum caseload for community midwives;

(3) how many (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount-registered midwife posts carried the requirement of working in both acute and community settings in each of the last 12 years for which records are available;

(4) in how many (a) acute trusts, (b) primary care trusts and (c) other NHS trusts have (i) acute and (ii) community midwives been required to work in both acute and community settings.

This information is not collected centrally and we have not carried out an assessment of, or provided advice about, the size of case loads. It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to commission midwifery services in order to meet local needs.