Too much pres­sure?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Ear­lier this week Peter­bor­ough coro­ner Gor­don Ryall asked if too much pres­sure was be­ing put on paramedics af­ter a teenager died fol­low­ing a foot­ball match.

Richard Shaw (14) was play­ing for Gun­thorpe Sky when he col­lapsed.

Paramedics were called to the pitch, but rather than take him to hos­pi­tal, they made the de­ci­sion to treat him at the scene.

Paramedics treated Richard for over an hour on Sun­day, March 6, giv­ing him an ECG test that sug­gested he did not need im­me­di­ate hos­pi­tal treat­ment

At the in­quest ear­lier this week, Mr Ryall said: “If the paramedics didn’t have an ECG they would have taken him to hos­pi­tal. Is it ask­ing too much of the paramedics?

“Is it rea­son­able to have the am­bu­lance crew make that de­ci­sion?”

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