Paramedic Greg Bruce asked a police officer if a verification of death certificate was required. Picture: Troy Snook
Paramedic Greg Bruce asked a police officer if a verification of death certificate was required. Picture: Troy Snook

Ambos left 'dead' patient later found alive

POLICE ordered a morgue van to collect a "corpse" let by paramedics who had ­failed to check for signs of life and left the scene.

Forty minutes later, the "cold" and "blue" man, who had been left lying on his Belrose garage floor under a blanket, began showing signs of life, prompting startled police to recall the ambulance crew.

The man was unaware of what had happened until ­informed by The Sunday Telegraph yesterday.

The incident has triggered a major stoush ­between the Health Services Union (HSU) and Ambulance NSW over who is ­responsible for verifying death, with the union taking the organisation to court, accusing it of victimising senior paramedic Gregory Bruce by ordering him to do a refresher course after the incident.

The union is also accusing Ambulance NSW of unfairly targeting Mr Bruce, a long-serving Narrabeen intensive care specialist paramedic, ­because he is a union activist.

Read more on The Daily Telegraph.

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