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Maternity Services

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to recruit more midwives; and if he will make a statement. (162945)

This year NHS organisations have been required to review maternity services, including an assessment of their workforce capacity. We expect some to identify the need to recruit additional midwives and a range of mechanisms are in place to support local recruitment, for example to enable midwives who are not practising to return to work in maternity services.