4 out of 5 new born were to foreign nationals

Posted: May 1, 2011 in Broken Britain, NHS WATCH

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Of the 3,289 children born at Ealing Hospital, West London, in the past year, 2,655 were to foreign nationals.

The statistics released following a Freedom of Information request also show that the maternity unit dealt witha total of 104 different nationalities in the 12 months to February.

These include 537 babies born to Indian mothers, 389 Polish, 270 Sri Lankans, 260 Somalians, 200 Afghans and 208 Pakistanis. In contrast, of the 634 babies with British mothers, just three were from Wales and six from Scotland.

Maternity services at the hospital have been coming under increasing pressure, with a 20% rise in births over the past five years, almost twice the national average.

The hospital has had to take on 32 extra midwives to cope with the boom, which saw 500 more babies delivered there last year than in 2006.

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