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.
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.