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Subject:  The future under socialized health care Date:  10/2/2012  9:17 AM
Author:  telegraph Number:  646532 of 875629

A care home nurse made no attempt to revive a dying man in cardiac arrest because she had a bad back, a hearing was told yesterday.

Debbie Johnson-Palmer, 41, allegedly took no action as the pensioner lay in cardiac arrest, having earlier dithered for more than an hour and a half as his condition worsened.

Emergency services were kept waiting for five minutes before staff unlocked the doors to provide urgent treatment, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

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An outraged son has told how his 95-year-old mother begged to die as she spent her last day alive waiting for an ambulance in agony - for almost four hours.

Devastated Eric Dennington, 73, said he felt totally helpless as he could do nothing for his dying mother Nora except try to reassure her that paramedics were on their way.

But as the hours ticked by with still no sign of help, her crippling abdominal pains grew worse until all she could do was cry out: 'I just want to die.'

Ambulance chiefs have now apologised to him after carrying out an investigation into the heartbreaking incident.

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