NHS: Staffing Levels

Part of Cat Welfare – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 11th December 2018.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education) 4:30 pm, 11th December 2018

Capacity, particularly in midwifery, is a massive issue, and midwife recruitment is also a problem. A mum who is about to have a baby wants to make sure that they are guaranteed a bed and a midwife who will be with them throughout the process, so of course that is a concern. There are almost 41,000 vacant nursing posts in the NHS and it is estimated that that number will grow to almost 48,000 by 2023—just five short years away.