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Maternity Services: Pay

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on salaries for (a) maternity doctors, (b) maternity nurses and (c) midwives in 2018-19.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

Doctors who work in a maternity setting are part of the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology. The National Health Service spent £586 million on salaries for this speciality in 2018/19. It is not possible to separate the time doctors spent in working in obstetrics and in gynaecology.

The NHS spent a total of £126 million in 2018/19 on salaries for nurses who work in a maternity setting. The total cost of salaries to the NHS in 2018/19 for midwives totalled £1.038 billion.

These figures include total earnings paid to staff, Employer National Insurance Contributions and Employer Pension Contributions.

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