So you go into labor, and, having had two babies. you know this one’s coming right now, and you know you need an ambulance. The government bureaucrat answering the phone knows better than you and tells you to get dressed and walk to the hospital because you don’t really need an ambulance because, after all, you had nine months to find a ride to the hospital.
Of course, the baby didn’t know that the government bureacrat knew better, so she came right out, on the sidewalk. Luckily a physical therapist was there to help.
The Daily Mail has the details: Woman gives birth on pavement ‘after being refused ambulance’
“I went into the bath and realised she was going to come quickly. I didn’t think I’d be able to make it out of the bath, so I phoned the maternity ward back and told them to get an ambulance out.
‘They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift.’
But hey, the hospital doesn’t need to apologize!
Today a spokeswoman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: ‘We are disappointed that Ms Blake was not happy with the advice and care she received and will of course investigate any complaint.
‘We are pleased that both Ms Blake and her daughter are well and healthy.’
It’s Mrs. Blake’s fault she’s “not happy”. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hospital sends Mrs Blake a bill for the physical therapist’s fee. After all, who needs a physical therapist for having a baby?
Via The Astute Bloggers.
UPDATE: British healthcare decides when you’re giving birth, part 2
It doesn’t matter if you’re already in labor, they send you home because they say you’re not ready: Father turned away from hospital with pregnant wife delivers baby on bathroom floor – and saves his daughter’s life
Tony and wife Rebecca, 33, were staying in Wilmslow, Cheshire, when she started having contractions.
They rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, but Rebecca was told she wasn’t ready, despite being 38 weeks into the pregnancy.
As Don Surber points out, that’s how the NHS saves money.