More than six in ten babies born in London over the past year were to foreign mothers

Nov 14, 2017 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline:

More than six in ten babies born in London hospitals have foreign mothers who are either immigrants or visiting from abroad, official figures show.

The evidence of the impact of immigration on the NHS was revealed in a breakdown of hospital records for last year published by the Office for National Statistics.

It comes amid concerns about the effects of fast-rising population levels and the cost to the public of health tourism. It also comes as the Health Service faces a shortfall of 3,500 midwives.

In one London hospital nearly four out of five births were to mothers born abroad, and in two others the figure was over 70 per cent.

Across the country just over 28 per cent of babies in 2016 were born to foreign-born mothers, up from just over 11 per cent in 1990, according to the ONS. The levels are higher in London because a large proportion of migrant families settle in the capital.

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