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Halstead: Neighbours’ fury as man dies in hospital after ambulance wait
9:00am Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
Neighbours watched in disbelief as a man was left waiting for more than an hour and a half for an ambulance, before dying in hospital.
Ray Meadows, 76, had been suffering from chest pains and called a duty doctor to his home in Mount Pleasant, Halstead, on Sunday.
An ambulance was then called at 1.50pm, but did not arrive until 3.22pm.
Mr Meadows was taken to Colchester General Hospital, before being transferred to the specialist cardiovascular unit at Basildon Hospital, where he later died.
His close friend Jeanette Shelley, of nearby West Road, described the wait for an ambulance as “disgusting”.