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Porn Available On Bedside TVs At Children's Hospital

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

Birmingham Children's Hospital

A dad has told of his disgust after he discovered that porn was freely available at the bedsides of sick kids at a children's hospital.

Three X-rated channels, including Babestation, were left unblocked on a paediatric assessment unit.

The dad discovered the channels as he rocked his newborn son to sleep at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where the boy was receiving treatment for a chest infection.

He told The Sun: "I was just flicking through the TV channels when suddenly Babestation came on.

"I carried on and there were a couple more not blocked - I was shocked. The ward is for children and there is no way they should be exposed to that kind of viewing."

The dad of four informed staff but was told all kids were supervised so there was no danger they could see the Freeview porn channels.

But he added: "A lot of the children do spend time alone in their rooms. It's appalling the channels aren't blocked."

Babestation is a soft porn show that lets viewers communicate with scantily-clad female presenters.

Julie Bailey, of campaign group Cure The NHS, said: "This exposes a lack of management. It's sad that children go into a hospital to be healed and yet could be emotionally damaged by this lack of scrutiny."

A hospital spokesman said two TVs did not have the appropriate restrictions - but that this had since been rectified.

He said: "This is the first time we've been informed of any such issues and we are very grateful to this family for raising their concerns.

"Our TVs have standard Freeview and we take all steps possible to restrict unsuitable channels."

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