Exhibition to celebrate centenary of new standards for midwives

File photo dated 19/02/08 of a midwife talking to a pregnant woman as hospital chiefs have been accused of "burying their heads in the sand" over midwife shortages after figures suggested a quarter of NHS Trusts had not assessed their workforce needs for at least four years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 24, 2014. The Royal College of Midwives said senior staff were avoiding doing the calculation because they knew they could not afford to plug any gaps it would expose. Of 99 trusts which responded to a freedom of information request, 24.2% had made no assessment in the past four years, 66.7% in the last two and 9% had not done so for at least a decade. The figures, compiled by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, showed that 80% still had vacancies in funded midwife positions - though the rate was now at its lowest for three years. See PA story HEALTH Midwives. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 19/02/08 of a midwife talking to a pregnant woman as hospital chiefs have been accused of "burying their heads in the sand" over midwife shortages after figures suggested a quarter of NHS Trusts had not assessed their workforce needs for at least four years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 24, 2014. The Royal College of Midwives said senior staff were avoiding doing the calculation because they knew they could not afford to plug any gaps it would expose. Of 99 trusts which responded to a freedom of information request, 24.2% had made no assessment in the past four years, 66.7% in the last two and 9% had not done so for at least a decade. The figures, compiled by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, showed that 80% still had vacancies in funded midwife positions - though the rate was now at its lowest for three years. See PA story HEALTH Midwives. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire