WORKFORCE: Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust needed to recruit another 20 midwives, according to latest board papers.

“The midwife to birth ratio was 39 in November. Although significant recruitment of midwives is in progress, the trust was still 20 midwives below its establishment,” board papers said.

“It was expected to take a few more months to recruit to full establishment, but once this had occurred, the ratio would drop to the target of 34.”