Ambulance workers arrested for manslaughter after man died at the entrance to A&E department
18:51 GMT, 14 December 2012
Five health workers including four ambulance staff have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
They were taken into custody after Carl Cope, 47, suffered a heart attack and died at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands on June 23 this year.
The ambulance workers, aged 26, 34, 45 and 53 were all arrested for gross negligence and misconduct following the death along with a 44-year-old hospital worker. All have been bailed.
Five people were arrested this week on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and misconduct after a man died on the doorstep of an A&E Department
Mr Cope was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital when he called 999 after suffering chest pains.
Instead of being immediately treated for his condition, Mr Cope was left in an A&E waiting room. He left the waiting room to fetch himself a drink but collapsed and died outside the department.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Cope died of a heart attack due to clogged arteries.
Family members said that the incident could have been prevented had Mr Cope been treated and not left unattended in a waiting room.
The West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said three former staff members and one serving member had been arrested.
A 44-year-old member of staff from the hospital was also arrested this morning, and is being held in custody.
West Midlands Police, Walsall Manor Hospital and WMAS are conducting the on-going investigation into the circumstances of the death.
A statement from WMAS said: 'We are co-operating fully with West
Midlands Police as part of their investigations into the death of a man
outside Walsall Manor Hospital.
'One of the people arrested is a
serving member of staff who has been suspended from operational duty and
we understand that three former members of WMAS staff have also been
arrested as part of the investigation.
'All four individuals have
previously been subjected to disciplinary action taken by the Trust as
part of an internal investigation into the incident.'
Carl Cope, 47, from Walsall, collapsed when he suffered a heart attack at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Mids, on June 23 this year