First NHS baby Aneira says cuts nearly killed her girl

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY MARTIN BAGOT

It breaks my heart to see the run down of the NHS. It is go­ing back to the 1930s ANEIRA THOMAS THE FIRST BABY BORN ON HEALTH SER­VICE

THE first-ever NHS baby has told how cuts to the health ser­vice nearly cost her daugh­ter her life.

Aneira Thomas was born al­most 70 years ago at one minute past mid­night on July 5, 1948 – the day Aneurin Be­van launched the NHS.

Her mother Edna, in labour for 18 hours, held on un­til mid­night so she and her hus­band no longer had to pay a shilling and six­pence to the mid­wife.

Edna gave her lit­tle girl the fe­male ver­sion of Be­van’s first name. Aneira went on to be­come a men­tal health nurse and most of her fam­ily have ded­i­cated their lives to the ser­vice, in­clud­ing her para­medic daugh­ter Lind­sey.

Lind­sey, 43, had a life-threat­en­ing brain haem­or­rhage in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

But her mother said staff short­ages meant no am­bu­lances were avail­able at the lo­cal sta­tion, where she works.

One from further away took half an hour to reach her. Af­ter de­te­ri­o­rat­ing rapidly, mum-of-three Lind­sey was in a coma for two-and-a-half weeks fight­ing for her life. Aneira told the Mir­ror: “Time is cru­cial. My daugh­ter had to wait longer

for an am­bu­lance be­cause the near­est hos­pi­tal had suf­fered cuts. By the time she got to hos­pi­tal they thought she had menin­gi­tis and she’d stopped talk­ing. Speed is cru­cial.

“It breaks my heart to see the run down of NHS ser­vices.

“I feel it is go­ing back to the 1930s be­fore we had the NHS.”

Lind­sey had four brain aneurysms and at first could not move her right arm or form sen­tences. Doc­tors later asked her name, what day it was and who was the PM. She replied: “The a***hole who froze my pay five years ago.” Lind­sey has fully re­cov­ered af­ter brain surgery and is back at the am­bu­lance sta­tion in Gor­seinon, near Swansea.

The de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tion in Wales is re­spon­si­ble for pri­ori­tis­ing NHS spend­ing but most of the to­tal avail­able is de­cided by West­min­ster.

It’s £16bil­lion bud­get in 2009-10, dropped to £14.5 bil­lion by 2016-17.

Aneira told the Uni­son con­fer­ence in Brighton yes­ter­day: “It should be il­le­gal what the Gov­ern­ment is do­ing to the NHS.”

Wales Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Trust would not com­ment on Lind­sey’s case.

Aneira, four, and yes­ter­day in Brighton Lind­sey re­cov­ered to work as a para­medic VIC­TIM OF 999 CUTS

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