April 22, 2010
Pregnant women were forced to travel up to 99 miles in order to give birth last year after being turned away by overstretched maternity units.
Official figures reveal that one unit was forced to close for 78 hours because it could not cope with demand.
Another trust shut its doors 112 times, forcing women only minutes or hours from giving birth to seek care elsewhere.
Oh, and this is certainly no cause for alarm...
Immigration means NHS officials underestimated the number of births last year by 40,000. The birth rate is now at the highest level for 26 years, and the unions say there is a shortage of around 3,000 midwives.
Note that they're not even talking about a shortage of doctors here.
Also, it's not like there's any possible legislation coming down the pike that could blow up the Obamacare cost estimates even more by covering illegals or offering them amnesty or anything. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Lindsey?
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