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Midwives

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per whole-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in each year since 2001, broken down by primary care trust area. (243628)

Information is not collected in the format requested. The following table has the number of births per whole-time midwife in each year since 2001, broken down by strategic health authority.

National health services hospital and community health services: live births per full-time equivalent midwives in England by strategic health authority (SHA) as at 30 September in each specified year

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

England

31

31

32

32

32

34

34

North East SHA

25

26

27

27

28

29

29

North West SHA

25

24

26

25

26

27

28

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA

30

29

30

30

30

33

33

East Midlands SHA

32

34

35

37

37

39

40

West Midlands SHA

29

29

29

30

31

32

32

East of England SHA

39

37

38

39

38

38

38

London SHA

37

38

36

37

35

35

36

South East SHA

38

35

37

36

36

37

37

South Central SHA

35

35

37

38

40

43

40

South West SHA

27

28

29

29

29

31

32

Notes:

1. Birth registrations 2001 to 2007 as at 31 December in each specified year. Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2. SHA totals 2001 to 2005 have been calculated using previous health authority (HA) and SHA configurations. HAs were reconfigured to become 28 SHAs in 2002 and were subsequently reconfigured into 10 SHAs in 2006. Due to overlaps in the HA/SHA reconfigurations, parts of West Pennine HA and North Derbyshire HA were split over Trent SHA and Greater Manchester SHA. These figures were included in the Trent SHA total to give the figure for the new East Midlands SHA.

Sources:

The Information Centre for Health and Social Care Non-medical Workforce Census.

Office for National Statistics Birth Registrations 2001-07.