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Midwives: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated required number of midwives is in each of the next five years; (154475)

(2) what percentage of midwives are due to retire in each of the next five years; and how many new midwives are planned to be recruited in each year.

We do not collect information on the estimated numbers of retirements for midwives, this is a matter for strategic health authorities to build into their local workforce plans as they are best placed to assess the midwifery needs of their local population.

As part of NHS Operating Framework for 2007-08, local organisations are reviewing their workforce capacity and may identify the need to invest in their maternity services and increase staffing levels.