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'Migrant baby boom' costs UK

30th January 2008

The NHS is struggling to cope with a baby boom created by immigration significantly raising the birth rate.


It is spending £350m a year to provide maternity services for foreign-born mothers, compared to around £150m 10 years ago.

Figures show that in 1997 the NHS spent about £1bn a year on maternity services with one baby in eight delivered to a foreign-born mother.

Now, that has soared to £1.6bn with almost a quarter of babies born to a mother who herself was born in a different country. That figure rises to seven out of 10 babies in central London.

The number of babies born to British mothers has fallen by 44,000 a year since the mid-1990s but babies born to foreign mothers has risen by 64,000, pushing the overall birth-rate to its highest level for 26 years.

Professor Philip Steer, who is editor of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said: “The Department of Health has been taken by surprise. The demographic change, the sheer numbers, has in some areas increased very substantially without there being any forward planning really to allow for that.?

In London, the Strategic Health Authority point to births to foreign-born mothers as in part explaining why maternity services in the capital performed so poorly in the Healthcare Commission report on maternity care.

London’s chief nurse Trish Morris-Thompson admitted that the NHS had not realised how immigration would affect maternity services but says it is now looking to build up the capacity that is needed.

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Tuesday 5th February 2008 @ 18:51

The United Kingdom, what do we think of when we talk of our beloved country? Beautiful country walks, English tea, polite people, paying taxes, easy access to our country, easy availability to our public payed for NHS services? Why is it us British moan about everything, about foreigners coming into our country, taking our jobs, living better off than most of us, and using a service that is so easily accessable if you are re-born into a, 'British citizen'. I think as our goverment wont do anything about the obvious situation of complete taking the mik of our hospitality, we should as a nation!!!!

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Article Information

Title: 'Migrant baby boom' costs UK
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5497
Date Added: 30th Jan 2008


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