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Ambulance delay due to lunchbreak

18th July 2012

A coroner has criticised East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) after an inquest heard how paramedics left an elderly man who had fallen over and sustained brain damage untreated for 45 minutes because they were on a lunch break.

West Lincolnshire Coroner Stuart Fisher said the service had let down Harold Tinsley, 78, who died in hospital on September 27 last year, four days after falling on his driveway outside his home in Grantham. He said the ambulance service’s priorities should have been the patient rather than staff welfare.

 

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