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Maternity Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th November 2017.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 12:00 am, 14th November 2017

The hon. Gentleman is right to say that we need more midwives. We have 6,000 midwives in training, and we have 2,000 more midwives than we had in 2010. It is also important to recognise the progress that is being made. Stillbirth rates were down 14% between 2010 and 2015, and neonatal death rates are down 10%, so there is some really important progress happening.