Following a question about maternity services, raised by Labour MP for Darlington Jenny Chapman, Jeremy Hunt responded with “The hon. Lady is absolutely right; we need more midwives. We recruited more midwives in the previous parliament, and we do need to expand maternity provision as we have a growing birth rate.”
Labour MP for Darlington Jenny Chapman raised her question in parliament following a survey published by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), that revealed maternity services were understaffed and facing temporary closures because of the demand.
Chief executive of the RCM, Cathy Warwick said: “Jeremy Hunt’s announcement is very welcome indeed. The promise of more staff and expanded maternity provision will be good news for midwives and maternity services that are under enormous pressure to delivery safe, high quality care with often inadequate resources. It’s also good news for women and their families.”
In England, there is currently a shortage of 2,600 full time midwives.
“I will be meeting the Minister responsible for maternity services shortly and will be raising this with him. I hope that we can work together to get the midwives needed and eliminate a midwife shortage that has been plaguing maternity services for a decade or more,” Cathy Warwick added.
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