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Women give birth in waiting room

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Some women at a south London hospital were left to give birth in a waiting room because of a shortage of beds in the maternity unit.

King’s College Hospital admitted some mothers had their babies in a waiting room but said the incidents are very rare and there have been no such births since July.

It said it had taken on extra staff and taken other measures to increase capacity at the maternity unit, in a bid to cut the chances of waiting room births in future.

But campaign group London Health Emergency, which tries to protect NHS services, said the women should never have been put in such a situation.

A hospital spokesman could not say when in 2010 the waiting room began being used for deliveries or how many times births had happened there.

London Health Emergency spokesman, Geoff Martin, said: “We should not have a situation where women are forced into the indignity of giving birth in waiting rooms.”

A King’s College Hospital spokesman said: “On very rare occasions, when women attended the unit in the very final stages of labour, they had to give birth in the waiting area because all the delivery rooms were full.

“This was recognised as a serious problem and immediate action was taken to reduce the chance of it happening in the future.”



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  • bet they would have found room for mrs cameron....

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