For immediate release Thursday, 28th February 2013
Commenting on the NHS staff survey published today, Louise Silverton, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The number of midwives reporting that they do not have enough staff to do their job well or give the level of care they want to is a real concern. However, it perhaps should not come as a surprise given that we are short of 5000 midwives in England.
“There is no doubt that the government are increasing the number of midwives but the birthrate continues to rise and an increasing number of the pregnancies are becoming more complicated. Midwife numbers are still playing catch-up after a decade or more of understaffing.
“Midwives are one of the most dissatisfied groups when it comes to job satisfaction. These results show that not only are midwives deeply frustrated by this, but that the service is perhaps too often not offering the quality of care midwives want to deliver and women should expect.”
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