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Record number of midwives training places in the NHS

9th March 2011

The NHS has a record number of midwives in place and the planned training of midwives for the coming year would be at least at the record level of 2010-11. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today confirmed.

The Department of Health has assured, based on the plans of the ten Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) in England that there will be no reduction in midwifery training places during 2011/12, following a record level of training places for midwifery commissioned in 2010-11. SHAs are responsible for commissioning midwifery training places, based on their understanding of local workforce demand and wider issues affecting the midwifery workforce.

Andrew Lansley said:

"As part of our plan to modernise the NHS, we are committed to giving mothers the support and care they need throughout their pregnancy, birth and after birth.

"So in addition to our plans to increase the number of health visitors by 4,200, we are sustaining the record number of midwives in training this year, and in the next year. This will help mothers get the care they want.

"Already since May 2010, the number of midwives has increased by 296. And last year there were a record 2,493 midwives in training. For 2011-12, there will be a total of 2,490 planned places available.

"We will continue to work with the Royal College of Midwives to make sure we have an appropriately resourced and skilled maternity workforce based on the most up-to-date evidence."

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