Thursday, October 6

A court investigates the death of a woman in Sanxenxo after not getting an ambulance

The Investigating Court number 3 of Cambados investigates the death of a woman at the Sanxenxo continuing care point (PAC) on August 6. Her deceased woman was transferred by her husband in her private vehicle after the 061 doctor who answered her call recommended him to proceed in this way. According to the Servizo Galego de Saúde (Sergas), in the communication with the man it was not considered that the situation was serious enough to transfer her by ambulance. The patient died shortly after arriving at the medical center, while her partner was parking.

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The man has filed a complaint at the Civil Guard headquarters in O Grove, according to Europa Press. According to his account, the events occurred on Saturday, August 6. His wife began to feel bad around 2:00 p.m. She was vomiting, she was unable to walk on her own, and she had lost feeling in her legs. Around 9:00 p.m., given that the condition of his partner was worsening, the man called 061 to request medical assistance.

According to the complaint, in 061 they told the man to transfer her to the PAC himself because at that time there was no ambulance available. Once in the health center, the patient died while her husband was parking the car.

The explanation offered by Sergas is that, “after the consultation, the 061 doctor determined the absence of seriousness criteria” and therefore recommended that the man use his own means. “The health personnel of the Coordination Center carry out decision-making supported by protocols and action guides for health coordination,” he adds.

The collapse in primary care and in the Sanxenxo PAC has been denounced by platforms in defense of public health. The Galician Health Service (Sergas) has just announced the closure of the doctors’ agendas at the Baltar health center. That is to say, at least in the remainder of the month of August appointments cannot be made and only emergencies will be attended.