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Shocking CCTV footage of paramedic with hands in pockets as heart attack victim lay dying outside NHS hospital

12 Feb
Shocking CCTV footage of paramedic with hands in pockets as heart attack victim lay dying outside NHS hospital

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This is the shocking moment a gormless paramedic stood with his hands in his pockets as a heart attack victim lay dying outside an NHS hospital because he thought the man was drunk.

Matthew Geary was handed an suspended eight-month prison term after failing to provide any help to the patient despite seeing him stumble and fall to the ground.

CCTV footage played to Wolverhampton Crown Court showed Geary leaving Carl Cope collapsed in the road.

Geary, who has since resigned from West Midlands Ambulance Service, then went inside Walsall Manor Hospital to summon security staff.

The 36-year-old, of Manor Avenue, Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breaching health and safety laws by failing to conduct a proper examination of Mr Cope or to attempt prompt resuscitation.

Carl Cope (L) collapses outside the A&E at Walsall Manor Hospital - Paramedic Matt Geary can be seen (White Shirt).  The final moments of Bloxwich man Carl Cope have been released as a paramedic is sentenced for health and safety offences for failing to examine or resuscitate him.  See NTI story NTIDEAD.  CCTV footage shows the shocking lack of care shown by Matt Geary ø who stands with his hands in his pockets - as Carl dies of a heart attack right in front of him.  Geary and his colleague were called when Carl dialled 999 after collapsing on a grass verge on Hawbush Road ø not far from his home address ø at around 10.15am on 23 June 2012.  Geary ø who was responsible for determining the course of treatment for Carl ø took him to Walsall Manor Hospital accident and emergency department.  Footage from the hospital waiting room shows Carl struggling to make himself comfortable and visibly in a lot of pain. After seven minutes, he goes to a nearby shop to get a drink.  On his way back through the car park ø in full view of Geary who is sat inside his ambulance ø Carl is seen collapsing outside the hospital doors.  Geary (pictured below) watches from the ambulance as Carl remains on the ground for more than 30 seconds.  Struggling to his feet, Carl only manages a few steps before collapsing for a second - and last - time.  Geary, fully aware he brought Carl to the hospital suffering from chest pains, is finally seen on CCTV going to his patient.  He takes no equipment with him and stands over Carl, with his hands in his pockets, talking to him for two minutes. Geary takes a closer look at Carl and then wrongly asks the hospital security to deal with him, before returning to his ambulance.  When the security guard is seen arriving five minutes later, Carl Cope did not appear to be showing any signs of life.  A post mortem revealed Carl (pictured right) died of a heart attack. Carl Cope (L) collapses outside the A&E at Walsall Manor Hospital as paramedic Matt Geary can be seen outside an ambulance (Picture: PA)

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