West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust: Midwives

Health written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed by West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

Midwives are employed by trusts, not by primary care trusts (PCTs), and therefore the following table shows NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified Midwifery staff in the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
1997 221
2007 176

In April 2000 Mount Vernon and Watford Hospitals NHS Trust and St. Albans and Hemel Hempstead NHS Trust merged to form West Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Data quality:

Work force statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.


The NHS Information Centre Non Medical Workforce Census

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