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Midwives: Manpower

Health written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the additional midwives the Government undertook to provide are being provided at a local level in the NHS; how many such midwives have already been provided; and how many he plans to provide in each year to 2015.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The number of qualified midwives has increased by 2.2% (450) since May 2010. However, it is the responsibility of local NHS organisations to plan and deliver a work force appropriate to the needs of their local population, based on clinical need and sound evidence.

The Department has asked the Centre for Workforce Intelligence to undertake an in-depth study of the nursing and maternity work force starting 2011-12 in order to inform the future commissioning of training places. This study will help inform our plans for the future.

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