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RCM calls for more midwives

The Royal College of Midwives has said the Government must address the "serious shortage" of midwives across the UK. The petition currently has just over 67,000 signatures and the RCM says it must reach 100,000 by August 22.

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Midwife shortages in England

  • The latest figures show that the north-east and north-west had a shortfall of less than 10%.
  • The east Midlands and east of England needed 41% more midwives.
  • The south-east is over one-third short of staff.
  • A medium-sized maternity unit delivering 3,000 babies a year would need around 91 midwives, according to the RCM.
  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have midwife shortages at the moment.

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