Health regulator calls for urgent review of midwife-to-birth ratios

Snow, Tamsin
July 2008
Nursing Standard;7/16/2008, Vol. 22 Issue 45, p9
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The article reports that the Healthcare Commission is urging review of midwife-to-birth ratio in England. According to the health regulator, half of all National Health Service (NHS) trusts in England must immediately review the number of midwives they employ and must increase the staff when needed. A review of maternity services at 150 trusts has found that the ratio of midwives to births is from 40 midwives per 1,000 births in the best-staffed trusts.


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