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Midwifery recruitment target 'still not clear'

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The Royal College of Midwives says it is still trying to establish whether the government has a target for recruiting more midwives, noting that when in opposition, prime minister David Cameron had pledged to recruit 3,000.

In its official response to the government’s health white paper, the college also warned that proposals to devolve responsibility for education, training and workforce planning to GP led consortia would make it harder to achieve national recruitment targets.

It said the last occasion when workforce planning was devolved – during the early 1990s – midwife training was “subject to severe and damaging cuts”.

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