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Midwives raise quality and staffing level concerns

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Midwives are concerned about quality of care and understaffed wards, according to a survey.
In the survey of nearly 2,500 midwives across the UK, 31% said their workload had increased, 38% said quality of care had been impacted by the baby boom and 61% of respondents said these issues had affected job satisfaction.

Nearly all midwives (91%) said their maternity unit had experienced an increase in birthrate.

The 2.5% increase in midwife numbers over the last year has failed to keep pace with the 3.5% increase over the same period, said the Royal College of Midwives.

Dame Karlene Davis, general secretary of the RCM, said: ‘Midwives’ pay is not keeping pace with prices, staff numbers are not keeping pace with the birthrate and investment is not keeping pace with the demands on the service.’
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