HC Deb 22 July 2004 vol 424 c635W
Mr. Hunter

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he proposes to take in response to the Independent Midwives Association's proposed model for midwifery, The NHS Community Midwifery Model. [182978]

Dr. Ladyman

To met with representatives of the Independent Midwives Association on 6 May to discuss their proposed model. At the meeting, they agreed to provide me with further information on the acceptability of the model for midwives and users of the maternity service. This is awaited.

In the meantime, the model is being considered as part of the on-going work looking at midwifery recruitment and retention.