At the May 2014 Dorset County Hospital board meeting, Patricia Miller, operations director. warned of a shortage of midwives because of retirement and difficulty recruiting.
This is a nationwide problem - Guardian 31 January 2014:
"The safety of pregnant women and their babies during childbirth may be being put at risk by a lack of NHS funding and a national shortage of 2,300 midwives, a committee of MPs has said.
In a highly critical report on the state of maternity care, the Commons public accounts committee criticised the Department of Health and NHS England for being unable to explain who is accountable for ensuring that the NHS has enough nursing staff trained to deal with childbirth.
Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said: "There is evidence that many maternity services are running at a loss, or at best breaking even, and that the available funding may be insufficient for trusts to employ enough midwives and consultants to provide high quality, safe care."
The report said: "Pressure on staff leads to low morale and nearly one third of midwives with less than 10 years' work experience are intending to leave the profession within a year. Over half of obstetric units do not employ enough consultants to ensure appropriate cover at all times."