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North East Ambulance Service failed to screen 125 staff for criminal records

A report by health regulator the Care Quality Commission has highlighted concerns with the North East Ambulance Service.

It found that 125 frontline ambulance staff had been recruited without any criminal record checks being carried out.

Simon Featherstone, the Chief Executive of the service, told ITV News Tyne Tees that they were "no excuses" for what happened.

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'Failure in care' in paramedic case

A coroner said there was a failure in care by the North East Ambulance Service for a man who died from a heart attack after a paramedic refused to administer drugs.

An inquest into the death of Grahame Giles, 61, was opened after a previous coroner was not made aware of all the facts.

These included that Brian Jewers, the paramedic in question who worked for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), was struck off following the incident in 2008.

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