In British Govt Health Care, No Room in the Inn for Pregnant Women

In this Soviet propaganda poster, a woman looks for a place to have her baby

In this Soviet propaganda poster, a woman looks for a place to have her baby

That government health care is cool stuff, huh? Having somebody else take responsibility for your well being is neat, isn’t it? Being able to kick back in the loving arms of a benevolent Government God is the ultimate in peace, isn’t it?

Well, maybe not if you’re having a baby.

From the British Daily Mail:

Maternity crisis: Women are giving birth in lifts and even toilets

Thousands of women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds.

The lives of mothers and babies are being put at risk as births in locations ranging from lifts to toilets – even a caravan – went up 15 per cent last year to almost 4,000.

Health chiefs admit a lack of maternity beds is partly to blame for the crisis, with hundreds of women in labour being turned away from hospitals because they are full.

Latest figures show that over the past two years there were at least:

  • 63 births in ambulances and 608 in transit to hospitals;
  • 117 births in A&E departments, four in minor injury units and two in medical assessment areas;
  • 115 births on other hospital wards and 36 in other unspecified areas including corridors;
  • 399 in parts of maternity units other than labour beds, including postnatal and antenatal wards and reception areas.
  • Additionally, overstretched maternity units shut their doors to any more women in labour on 553 occasions last year.

Babies were born in offices, lifts, toilets and a caravan, according to the Freedom of Information data for 2007 and 2008 from 117 out of 147 trusts which provide maternity services.

One woman gave birth in a lift while being transferred to a labour ward from A&E while another gave birth in a corridor, said East Cheshire NHS Trust.

Others said women had to give birth on the wards – rather than in their own maternity room – because the delivery suites were full.

Tory health spokesman Andrew Lansley, who obtained the figures, said Labour had cut maternity beds by 2,340, or 22 per cent, since 1997. At the same time birth rates have been rising sharply – up 20 per cent in some areas.

Mr Lansley said: ‘New mothers should not be being put through the trauma of having to give birth in such inappropriate places.

I remember contracting food poisoning when I lived in England, and sitting in an empty emergency room for two or three hours puking into a metal garbage can while I waited to see a doctor. Knowing the government was going to take care of me (when it got around to it) was such a comfort during those hours.

Of course, socialism is as socialism does in Canada, too, as the United States serves as backup for pregnant women there who can’t find a place to have a baby in their own socialized country.

But hey, at least it’s free, right? Well, as long as you ignore the fact that you’re taxed to the gills to pay for such bloated, inefficient bureaucracy. The saying “Ignorance is bliss” was made for socialism.

2 Responses to “In British Govt Health Care, No Room in the Inn for Pregnant Women”

  1. Terminal care of the elderly and labor and delivery are two of the most expensive services provided in most hospitals. It only makes sense that government health care that seeks to reduce costs (so as to pay bureaucrats and othe non-medical personnel) will reduce those services to its citizens. Canada has been sending high-risk and premature labor patients to the US for years where American taxpayers get to subsidize the Canadian NHS for the intensive (and expensive) care. Where will they go (and where will Americans go) when we adapt a system of socialized medical care?

  2. Terminal care of the elderly and labor and delivery are two of the most expensive services provided in most hospitals. It only makes sense that government health care that seeks to reduce costs (so as to pay bureaucrats and othe non-medical personnel) will reduce those services to its citizens. Canada has been sending high-risk and premature labor patients to the US for years where American taxpayers get to subsidize the Canadian NHS for the intensive (and expensive) care. Where will they go (and where will Americans go) when we adapt a system of socialized medical care?