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Record number of midwives have quit due to stress of the job amid fears for safety of pregnant women

Midwife numbers are reaching a dangerous level which could put lives at risk, as records show more staff leaving than joining the profession for the first time in a decade.

As a record number suffer burnout and leave, the figures from NHS Digital for 2021/22 show almost 300 more staff abandoned midwifery than joined the service, with 3,440 leaving and only 3,144 coming in.

Analysis of the data showed a record 551 resigned in 2021 because of a lack of work-life balance.

Midwives working in NHS trust maternity units typically work 12-hour shifts, but many work longer for no additional pay to cover staff shortages and to keep services running.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says members are "at the end of their tether' and 'physically and emotionally burnt out"

Joeli Brearley, chief executive of campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed, said: "We don't have enough midwives, and those we do have are underpaid, undervalued and overworked."

"This is a problem that has been communicated to the Government repeatedly for years. It is putting the lives of women and their babies in danger and causing untold damage to their mental and physical health. The Government needs to get a grip of the situation urgently before there are more tragedies."

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Source: Daily Mail, 1 August 2022



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