‘Significant concern’ says RCM Scotland on NHS midwifery vacancy stats

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ISD Scotland has published statistics on NHS midwifery and other staff vacancies in Scotland. The statistics show an increase of 26.5% in midwifery and nursing vacant posts from September 2018 to September 2019.

Commenting on the figures, Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Scotland at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “‘This is of significant concern and requires immediate and concerted action.  We recognise that the number of midwifery student places has increased significantly over the last 3 years, which we have welcomed, along with the maintenance and increase in the student bursary. 

“We call on the Government to now do more to retain midwives in the NHS – we need to keep as many experienced midwives in the service as possible. To do this we must ensure that maternity services are a positive place to work, with great opportunities for career development, good staffing levels and good pay, terms and conditions. 

“We need to also do more to attract midwives to come to work in Scotland from other parts of the UK and overseas, to ensure that the shortfall in midwifery numbers does not reach a crisis point.’

The ISD ‘Core Workforce’ statistics can be read at https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/NES-Publication/#core_workforce.

Notes to Editors

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