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Midwives: North West

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of midwives (a) employed and (b) required in (i) Chorley, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the North West. (318894)

The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of qualified midwifery staff in the North West strategic health authority (SHA) area and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust as at 30 September 2008.

It is the responsibility of the national health service locally to plan, develop and improve health services according to the health care needs of their local populations and this includes ensuring the adequate provision of midwives.


Midwifery headcount

North West SHA area


Of which:

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust


Notes: 1. September 2008 is the latest available data. September 2009 is due to be published at the end of March. 2. Data Quality: The Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.