Midwives

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th July 2022.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) total number and (b) full-time equivalent number of midwives worked in the NHS in (i) England and (ii) each region of England in (A) the most recent month for which data is available and (B) the same month in the preceding year.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many midwives there were in the NHS in England in (a) December 2019 and (b) the most recent month for which data is available.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics for England. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but excludes staff working in primary care, general practitioner surgeries, local authorities, and other providers. In December 2019, there were 22,061 full time equivalent (FTE) midwives working in HCHS in England. In April 2022, the most recent data available, there were 21,741 FTE midwives in HCHS in England.

The following table shows the headcount and number of FTE midwives working in the HCHS in England and each National Health Service region in March 2022 and March 2021.

HCHS midwives headcount

HCHS midwives, FTE

March 2021

March 2022

March 2021

March 2022

England

27,188

26,636

22,523

22,027

East of England

2,807

2,800

2,321

2,307

London

4,986

4,911

4,335

4,262

Midlands

5,064

5,015

4,147

4,076

North East and Yorkshire

4,214

4,033

3,475

3,331

North West

3,731

3,614

3,100

3,009

South East

3,882

3,793

3,121

3,041

South West

2,505

2,473

2,024

2,001

Source: NHS Digital HCHS Workforce Statistics

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