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Tory warning on lack of midwives

24th December 2008

New figures from the Conservative party have revealed a shortage of midwives.

One in 20 midwife posts is vacant, almost one in 10 maternity support worker posts is unfilled and one in five units has reduced midwife numbers in the past year, according to the Tories. Some maternity units have vacancy rates above 20% and the highest cuts exceed 50%. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said it did not recognise the figures but acknowledged that there might be "pockets" where midwife numbers were falling.


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