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Midwives: Training

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost to public funds of training a student midwife was in the latest period for which figures are available. (162484)

The national benchmark price for pre-registration training for midwifery students in the financial year 2007-08 is £7,838 outside London, £8,230 in outer London and £8,465 for inner London.

In addition to tuition costs, midwifery trainees are entitled to either a bursary or salary support funding. The average bursary paid for midwifery students in 2006-07 was £6,314.

Students may be entitled to other payments such as allowances for dependant children and the cost of national health service employees seconded on to midwifery training programmes will include a proportion of their salary costs.