Ambulance trust previously admitted errors

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SOUTH Central Ambulance Service also admitted liability into the death of Ann Walters.

Ms Walters called 111, which initially sent an ambulance, but the call was then passed on to a 999 clinician, and a report found he did not ask the patient the correct questions and a decision to stand the ambulance down was ‘flawed’.

The clinician cited ‘east shortages’, ‘rapid-response vehicle and North Harbour vacant due to sickness’, ‘queuing at Queen Alexandra Hospital’, and ‘shift unavailable at Petersfield due to paramedics becoming hospital ambulance liaison officer’, as pressures the service was facing, which resulted in the ambulance being stood down only a minute away.