Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Seriously ill baby forced to wait for 12 hours in A&E because no suitable bed was available in all of Britain

  • Staff rang 29 units but all 320 beds were already occupied by sick children
  • A bed was eventually found nearly 100 miles away in Sheffield
  • Case emerged as specialists warned of shortage of beds for children

A seriously ill baby was forced to wait in an Accident and Emergency ward for more than 12 hours because there were no suitable beds available anywhere in the UK.

The shocking case emerged as specialists yesterday warned the Department of Health about a national shortage of intensive care beds for children this winter.

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