NHS can’t keep up

Baby Khalil: doing well after leaving hospital

Baby Khalil: doing well after leaving hospital

by Lida Abdo

A woman was half-way through giving birth on a general ward before staff at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital found her, it has been revealed.

The baby’s head was already out by the time a midwife arrived to help Soumia Abdo, who had been put into a general ward because there weren’t enough staff in the delivery suite.

Her husband, Fuad, had left her for just a few minutes and raised the alarm on his return.

He said: “I was surprised. According to the nurses we had a whole night a head of us, I thought I had plenty of time I popped out to get us some drinks and then all of a sudden it was coming. Nothing was ready, no staff, no equipment and no beds.”

According to statistics from the health and social care information centre there are just less than 307,000 midwives and nurses working in England. However, once you take away the midwives and nurses that are not employed by the NHS there are only about up to 275,000 nurses working both in hospitals and community services, since the election, this shows a drop of 6,000 equivalent to 2%.

Soumia Abdo gave birth in a general ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham because there was no delivery room available, thanks to staff shortages.

“I stayed in hospital for days where I could have been in the comfort of my home”

“The wards were too noisy and found it uncomfortable to relax and have a rest”


sub edited by Aneesah Iqbal

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