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Malmö hospital maternity ward in acute crisis

Published fredag 5 juli 2013 kl 10.50
Photo: AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora

A shortage of nurses in Swedish hospitals is a recurring theme each summer, as part of the staff takes off for annual holidays. The situation is worse than ever this year at the maternity ward of Skåne University Hospital in Malmö.

Midwife Camilla Mellander says that most of the nurses' time is devoted to re-directing women in labor to other over-full health facilities.

"There isn't much care for the patients we do have because there simply isn't enough time," the midwife tells Swedish Television.

The maternity ward in Malmö is totally full, since only 10 of the usual 15 spaces for patients are open.

Unfortunately, they say the situation is not likely to improve after the summer.

"It doesn't look like things will lighten up in the autumn. There will still be a shortage of staff because there is a hiring freeze," says midwife Camilla Mellander.

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