Thursday, 6 November 2008

MUM found dead a week after ambulance sent to pick her up was cancelled because of NHS cuts

Ruth Hedge, 60, dialled 999 suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

But Dr Alan Stevenson, brought in to reduce call-outs, sent back the ambulance after speaking to Ruth, an inquest heard.

He told her to call the out-of-hours line. Ruth, of Borth, West Wales, tried but had the wrong number.

Coroner Michael Howells in Aberystwyth said it was “a failure by the NHS”, that her death was “avoidable” and recorded she died of natural causes aggravated by neglect.

Source: The Sun