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Maternity Services: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 99025, tabled on 6 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide additional support to NHS maternity wards in England during winter 2021-22.

Answered on

14 January 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement published ‘Winter Preparedness: Nursing and midwifery safer staffing’ guidance in November 2021, which is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/11/BW1068_Staffing-assurance-framework-for-winter-2021-preparedness_12112021.pdf

This sets out planning measures for the midwifery workforce, as well as guidelines on escalation, governance, indemnity and staff training and wellbeing. It supplements previous guidance on procedure to ensure that maternity wards have planned for the winter months during the pandemic.