An 89 year old elderly woman in Northern Ireland died after being forced to wait 6 hours for an ambulance to be dispatched to the woman's house.
Neagle of Dundonald died on the 8th of July last year in
her home from heart failure after she'd been suffering from an
illness for days, the GP had called for an ambulance but the family
said: “It took forever for them to get here and by the time they
did she was dead”.
Neagle's case has recently come to light following a recent incident
10 days ago involving a 39 year old woman also dying in her home
located in Newry, County Down, after waiting for an ambulance from
Belfast to reach her.
distance between Belfast and Newry is 62.1km (38.6 Miles) apart, and
depending on if you take the A1, M1, or the M1 in conjunction with
the A27, it can take from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 13 minutes for any
car to cross that difference.
families of both women are launching lawsuits towards the NHS.
NHS backlog and staff shortages has caused many delays in ambulance
response times, resulting in incidents similar to that of Mrs Neagle
and the woman from Newry.