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Video by Rachel MARUSAK , Julien FANCIULLI

Latest update : 2008-12-30

A French man who suffered a heart attack Saturday night died after spending hours in an ambulance due to problems finding a hospital bed. The story has sparked an outcry in France as the public questions the country's health system.

FRANCE 24 Observers: 'Why are people dying needlessly in French hospitals?'

 

REUTERS - The main French union for hospital ER staff has asked the French government to set up an emergency plan in hospitals in the greater Paris area and to recall additional staff after a patient died on Sunday because he could not find a hospital bed.

 
The man, in his 50s, from the suburban town of Massy, suffered a heart attack on Saturday night. He called paramedics but eventually died in the ambulance six hours later after they failed to find him a bed in one of the region’s recovery units.
 

Date created : 2008-12-30

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