Friday, 22 November 2013

OAP dies when ambulance keys lost

The Burton Mail tells us of an OAP who died when paramedics lost the keys to their ambulance.

A PENSIONER was left for dead after paramedics were unable to take him to hospital after he suffered a heart attack when they lost the keys to the ambulance, it has been revealed.

The 87-year-old man collapsed at a golf pavilion in Derbyshire, and despite ‘advanced life support’, he could not get to hospital in time and later died.

This was just one in a number of ‘serious incidents’ reported by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) – which serves people living in South Derbyshire – in a risk summit following a catalogue of issues for the NHS organisation.


Demetrius said...

The trouble with modern notions of "efficiency" is that they rarely take into account the need for spare capacity in systems. This arises from bad analysis of the figures as they relate to the several variations that can occur. The result is that in some sectors you can too easily get badly caught out.

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - I agree - planners rarely plan for the unexpected.