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Government announces 4,000 extra NHS midwives

25th February 2008

The government has this week announced plans to recruit an additional 4,000 midwives to the NHS over the next three years.

Included in the proposals is an initiative to offer former midwives a “golden hello” worth up to £3,000 to aid them in their return to work.

The Return to Practice campaign includes free training, childcare and travel cost support in addition to a cash grant of up to £1,500.

At present there are a number of nationwide courses available to offer those wishing to return to practice as midwives increased confidence and competence to meet current professional requirements.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said: “The number of births in England is rising. To keep pace with this increase and to improve the quality of care to mothers, we will recruit an additional 1,000 midwives on our wards and in our communities by 2009, rising to around 4,000 by 2012.”

He added that, in addition to former staff returning to their job, many of these new midwives will be new to the position.

In May 2007, a report published by King’s College London claimed that a lack of standardisation of training for maternity support workers could put women and babies at risk of receiving a lower standard of care.

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