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Fresenius admits dialysis delays for Birmingham patients

A private firm has admitted that staff cuts have led to delays for some kidney dialysis patients in Birmingham.

Fresenius made 29 health care assistants redundant earlier this year, leading to patients' protests in March.

New clinic services director Shaun Tudge said there had been "isolated" cases of disruption to treatment and more staff were being recruited.

The Kings Norton firm, which runs four units in the city, initially claimed treatment had not been affected.

The firm treats dialysis patients from the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

'Not enough nurses'

Mr Tudge, who took over the role in June, said: "We accept there have been issues connecting and disconnecting patients.

"There have been isolated disruption to the dialysis schedules.

"But in the weekly meetings that we are having with the trust we have identified what staffing is required and we are taking action to recruit more qualified nurses going forward."

In March, patient Ian Mead said some patients were getting home "as late as midnight" because of the delays.

And other kidney patients have said the delays are still continuing.

Nasar Bashir, who has dialysis three times a week, said: "Some patients come at 5 o'clock and they are waiting at 6:30pm.

"There's not enough nurses."

Meanwhile, another patient Ayaz Hussain said he was considering seeking treatment elsewhere because of the impact the delays were having on his life.

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