HC Deb 13 February 1961 vol 634 c116W
47. Sir M. Stoddart-Scott

asked the Minister of Health what is the number of midwives needed adequately to staff all parts of the country; and which areas are understaffed at the moment.

Miss Pitt:

On the basis of deficiencies notified by hospital authorities, the shortage in the hospital service is about 700. Deficiencies in the domiciliary service notified by local health authorities total about 400. Understaffing occurs in many though not all areas, but follows no significant pattern.