Five bailed after patient death at Walsall Manor Hospital

Four ambulance staff and a health worker arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a patient died on the doorstep of a hospital have been released on police bail.

Walsall Manor Hospital
Walsall Manor Hospital

They had been arrested in an investigation into the death of Carl Cope, aged 47, of Parker Street, Bloxwich, who collapsed outside Walsall Manor Hospital A&E department on June 23.

A post mortem revealed he died of a heart attack.

The five staff have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and misconduct in a public office.

West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page confirmed the four ambulance workers, aged 26, 34, 45 and 53, and one hospital worker, aged 44, have now been bailed pending further inquiries.

It has also emerged that one of the ambulance workers held over the death was still working at the time of their arrest.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the employee had now been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation.