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Midwives: Manpower

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were working in the NHS organisation in each year since 1997; and how many were working in each NHS organisation in each of the last three years. (320920)

The following table shows the number of full-time equivalent midwives employed within the national health service in each year since 1997 and a separate table outlining the number of midwives working in each NHS organisation in each of the last three years has been placed in the Library.

NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified midwifery staff in England as at 30 September each specified year

Registered midwives

Full-time equivalent

1997

18,053

1998

18,168

1999

17,876

2000

17,662

2001

18,048

2002

18,119

2003

18,444

2004

18,854

2005

18,949

2006

18,862

2007

19,298

2008

19,639

Source:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census