House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd February 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Cumberlege Baroness Cumberlege Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many midwives are currently returning to work; and how many are intending to return to work.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Since we launched our national recruitment campaign in February, 1999, 497 midwives have contacted the National Health Service in England about returning to work; and 2,593 nurses and midwives have returned to employment in the NHS in England since the campaign began. No figures are available on how many of these have returned to employment as midwives.

This year's national recruitment campaign in England will be launched later this month. New figures to show how many midwives have returned to employment in the NHS in England will be compiled on a monthly basis after the new campaign is launched.

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