What you need to know about Labour’s maternity plans

Staff shortages in the NHS mean too many women aren't getting the care they need during labour and childbirth. We intend to change that. Today we’ve launched our new health manifesto -- you can read the whole thing here -- which includes an important new pledge: for the first time all women in labour will be guaranteed personalised one-to-one care from a midwife.

Here are the facts you need to know:

This guarantee will be made possible by our commitment to recruit 3,000 more midwives by 2020 -- through our £2.5bn Time to Care Fund, funded through a mansion tax on properties over £2m, tackling tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco firms.

It’s all part of Labour’s broader plan to make sure the NHS is sustainable and fit for the future. Rather than simply responding to problems, we need to focus on promoting good health and preventing ill health -- starting at the very beginning of life.

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Staff shortages in the NHS mean too many women aren't getting the care they need during labour and childbirth. We intend…

What you need to know about Labour’s maternity plans

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