North West Ambulance Service has launched an investigation after it is believed that a patient died outside the hospital due to a lack of available beds.
Paramedics across the country have expressed concerns that ambulances are being treated as “extra wards” as the hospital bed shortage worsens.
According to NHS workers, more patients in the North West will likely have to wait in ambulances this winter as the number of sick people puts a strain on hospital bed space.
The 87-year-old grandmother was taken to the hospital on Tuesday will a chest infection, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Treatment began in the ambulance before the patient went into cardiac arrest. A senior NHS source said that a “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR) order was in place so paramedics did not attempt to start the patient’s heart.
They said: “A patient was taken to hospital with a chest infection and held outside in the back of the ambulance.
“Treatment began on the ambulance, the hospital started antibiotic treatment.
The death has sparked outrage in the ambulance service, with staff fearing that the patient’s cardiac arrest could have been avoided if a bed had been available in the hospital.
According to one paramedic, the patient was denied dignity by dying in the back of an ambulance.