Arrests over patient death outside Walsall Manor Hospital

Four ambulance staff and a hospital worker have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a patient died on the doorstep of Walsall Manor Hospital.

The health workers have been arrested as part of the investigation into the death of Carl Cope, of Bloxwich. He collapsed outside the A&E department on June 23.

A post mortem revealed the 47-year-old, of Parker Street, died of a heart attack.

The five members of staff have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and misconduct in a public office. The hospital employee remained in custody today and was continuing to help officers with their inquiries.

Lee Page, spokesman for West Midlands Police, today said: “During the last week, four ambulance workers aged 26, 34, 45 and 53 have been arrested in connection with the investigation and have since been bailed pending further inquiries.

“This morning, a 44-year-old member of staff from Walsall Manor Hospital was also arrested and is currently in custody helping police with their inquiries.”

The police investigation into Mr Cope’s death is continuing and inquiries have also been carried out by West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Manor.

In October, four Walsall Manor workers were sacked over the death. Meanwhile, a paramedic was sacked, one resigned and an emergency medical technician and emergency care assistant at West Midlands Ambulance Service were both given final written warnings.

It is thought Mr Cope was admitted to the Pleck Road hospital early in the day with chest pains and collapsed when he momentarily stepped outside on June 23.

Senior officials at the Manor said a review of procedures at the A&E had been carried out.