Friday, 17 Oct, 2008 Current Events

Ambulance Crew Was Not Allowed to Save Student Lying by the Roadside


After a student was hit by a car while going to a college ball in 2007, she was left to die because paramedics were not allowed to cross a county border. The ambulance arrived after the woman had been lying for 42 minutes by the roadside, though another ambulance crew was only 15 minutes away.

The crew bosses did not give permission to answer the call that was made from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, due to the fact that paramedics would've had to cross the border from Wiltshire, the Mail Online reports.

Rebecca Wedd, of Harston near Cambridge, was taken to the hospital where she passed away the next day. She had serious injuries but arrived at the hospital too late. The student's father said that his daughter may have survived if the ambulance crew arrived earlier.

It is worth mentioning that this was not the first time that the ambulance failed to arrive on time. The crew was operated by Great Western Ambulance Service, which has the reputation of one of the worst performing services in Britain.

Earlier this year the Healthcare Commission issued a report on the tragedy where it told the Great Western Ambulance Service that it needed to improve.

Although an ambulance, which was 15 miles away from Miss Wedd, was dealing with a less serious call, it did not take any action to save the student, a trust's internal investigation said.

The report presented by GWAS does not include any information on the fact that somebody has died. This fact was highly criticized by the Healthcare Commission's investigation. According to Dr Ossie Rawstorne, GWAS's clinical director, they made serious steps to improving the situation since the accident.

Miss Wedd had just graduated from the Royal Agricultural College.

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