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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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RCM calls for 5,000 more midwives

The Royal College of Midwives says 5,000 more midwives are needed across England to keep up with rising birthrate and growing numbers of obese and older pregnant women who need extra care.

RCM have said that 5,000 more midwives are needed Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Midwife numbers have not kept pace with the birthrate in England, which has risen 22% in the past two decades.

Over the same period the number of midwives is said to have risen by less than 17%.

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