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Mounting pressure on midwives

25th August 2009

A King's Fund report has suggested that a shortage of staff and bad management is compromising efforts to improve safety standards in maternity treatment.

The Royal College of Midwives has said 5,000 more midwives are required by 2012. The report included a quote from one midwife in London, who said: "There is a relentless need for beds day and night." Another said: "We have a workforce who do an awful lot of overtime and it is uncontrolled."

 

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