Decisions about training places are based on what the NHS needs to maintain services, service development, the numbers and age profile of staff and the drop-out rate from the courses.
Clearly plans also take into account the student midwives who are already in training and when these are expected to graduate and enter the workforce.
NHS organisations are responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate number of staff and skill mix to meet fluctuating demand.
Since 1999, the maternity workforce, including midwives and midwifery support workers, has increased by 12% in Wales.
We require all maternity units in Wales to comply with Birth Rate Plus - as recommended by the Royal College of Midwives - on the number of midwives required to deliver safe services.
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