A total of 81 expectant mothers were turned away from a labour ward at a hospital last year due to staff shortages, the BBC has learned.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request found the maternity ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital was closed on 47 occasions last year.

The hospital delivers about 500 babies a month, but some pregnant women had to be “diverted” to other hospitals.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.