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BMJ. 2007 November 10; 335(7627): 953.
PMCID: PMC2072039
Staffing Maternity Wards

Where are the new posts?

Bob Bury, consultant radiologist

It's fine to demand one to one midwife support for each mother,1 and I seem to recall Patricia Hewitt rashly promising to provide this, but where are the new posts coming from?

My daughter has just qualified as a midwife, and there just aren't any jobs for her cohort. She was successful in her first interview, but this was for a part time (22 hours) job, and there were 97 applicants, most of whom were presumably newly qualified. Full time jobs are almost non-existent. If the government wants improved midwifery services, they have to ensure that hospital trusts and primary care trusts have the necessary resources to fund growth.

Notes

Competing interests: BB's wife and daughter are both midwives.

References

1. Cole A. Royal colleges call for more staff on maternity wards. BMJ 2007;335:795 (20 October.) doi: 10.1136/bmj.39367.603947.DB

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