Accused of Gross Negligence and Misconduct
BRITISH POLICE HAVE ARRESTED FOUR employees of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and charged them with "suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and misconduct in a public office" relating to a death outside a hospital emergency room in June of this year. Also charged was a hospital employee, one of seven hospital workers who were later suspended for their actions in the incident.
The story begins on June 23 when the patient Carl Cope, 47, called 9-9-9 for an ambulance complaining of chest pains. He was transported to the Walsall Manor Hospital in West Midlands where he was turned over to the A & E staff (emergency room). While he was there, Cope left the A & E to get a drink and stepped outside where he collapsed from what the post mortem determined was a heart attack. While Cope was laying on the sidewalk, several hospital employees, including nurses, and ambulance medics walked by him without stopping to see what was wrong or offering any aid. One of the medics who had brought him to the ER witnessed the collapse and reportedly went to Security to report it instead of tending to the patient. Another medic who was sitting in a different ambulance was watching but never got out of the unit to check him out.
Carl Cope (BBC News)
The four ambulance workers were suspended almost immediately and one of them was fired. A second medic resigned just before his hearing was concluded. In October two hospital nurses, a receptionist, and a porter were dismissed.
The ambulance workers arrested today are ages 26, 34, 45 and 53 and have already been bailed. The hospital worker, 44, remains in custody.
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