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Survey highlights fears of midwives
12:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A NATIONAL survey of senior midwives has revealed that they are concerned about unit closures, restriction of services and budget cuts.
The study carried out by the Royal College of Midwives says that 34 per cent of heads of midwifery said they did not have enough money to ensure that there are enough staff at all times.
There is currently a shortage of almost 5000 midwives in England and 95 per cent of those asked said that they have had to redeploy staff to cover essential services.
Just under half of the units have had to close temporarily in the last 12 months because they couldn’t cope with demand.
Chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives Cathy Warwick said: “This survey describes a disappointing and worrying picture of our maternity services and one that shows it is not improving.”