Paramedic 'made no effort' to save dying man

CCTV footage of Paramedic Matt Geary standing aside by as his patient suffers a heart attack. Credit: West Midlands Police

A paramedic who stood with his hands in his pockets as a man laying dying outside the doors of a hospital has avoided jail.

Shocking CCTV footage shows Matt Geary watching on as Carl Cope, from Bloxwich, dies of a heart attack right in front of him.

He has been handed a suspended eight-month prison sentence and ordered to complete 240 hours community service at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

A judge condemned Geary's actions as "callous and uncaring".

Geary, who was responsible for determining the course of treatment for Carl, 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, in full view of Geary who is sat inside his ambulance, Carl is seen collapsing outside the hospital doors.

Geary, walks to his patient, taking no equipment with him, and stands over Carl, with his hands in his pockets.

He then takes a closer look at Carl and 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.

Carl Cope died after suffering a fatal heart attack outside Walsall Manor Hospital. Credit: West Midlands Police

A post-mortem revealed Carl died of a heart attack.

Expert evidence indicated that had Carl’s chest pain been considered cardiac and had he been monitored, then his chances of survival would have been significantly higher.