NHS stretched by immigrants26th March 2007
Maternity services are being stretched by the growth in migrants from eastern Europe.
Some areas are reporting the number of pregnant women has doubled, while providers say one in four women asking for an abortion is now from eastern Europe.
Since the accession of eight new member states to the EU in 2004, more than 500,000 eastern Europeans have migrated to the UK, most of them young.
NHS services are warning antenatal services are being stretched by this sudden growth in demand and have called for the government to increase resources to meet the growing needs of a changing population.
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