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The shortage of NHS midwives is "so obvious" to anyone working in the NHS, leaving working staff with low morale and "worn out" from the job, a former midwife has told Daybreak.
Nora Pearce said maternity staff "have been promised that there will be more" but extra midwives always failed to appear.
Maternity services in the UK are under strain due to a lack of trained and experienced staff need to provide "safe, high quality care", the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have said.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM backed up a report from MPs which blasted the NHS and Government for a 2,300 void in the number of trained midwives.
Compensation paid to new mothers for problems during childbirth is "too high", an influential group of MPs said.
In a damning report into maternity care in the NHS, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found maternity cases accounted "for a third of total clinical negligence payments".
An influential group of MPs has hit out at the Government and NHS for the lack of funding and expertise on maternity units.
The Public Accounts Committee found there was a national shortage of 2,300 midwives and said many maternity units were "running at a loss".
PAC said it was hard to find anyone accountable for "ensuring something as fundamental" as whether the NHS has enough midwives, in a scathing report in maternity care.
The committee reported rates of infection among new mothers and the baby as well as injury to the newborn "are all higher at the weekend".
It added: "Although there have been substantial improvements in levels of consultant presence on labour wards in recent years, over half of obstetric units were still not meeting the levels recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at September 2012."