Half of entrants to midwifery courses in Wales can now undertake a degree programme, Welsh Assembly health and social services secretary Jane Hutt told the Welsh conference on nursing, midwifery and health visiting last week. Ms Hutt said that nursing, midwifery and health education represented the biggest single discipline in higher education in Wales, with over 3,000 full- time and 10,000 part-time students. She said it was 'rewarding to note' that funding had been increased to expand the number of undergraduate places for entry into nursing from 15 per cent to 20 per cent.