Ambulance delay leaves 6-year-old boy without his mum


December 21, 2018 | By Suzanne Munroe |

December 21, 2018 | By Suzanne Munroe |

An inquest into the death of Gail Bailey has concluded that her death was “wholly preventable”. Gail died when she was 9 weeks pregnant, leaving behind a son and husband. The tragic event occurred while she was on holiday in Ingoldmells with her family.

Gail was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy – an urgent and potentially life-threatening condition – when her husband contacted emergency services. Delays by the East Midlands Ambulance Service meant that Gail had to wait nearly three hours before being taken to the nearest hospital in Boston.

Sadly, she died shortly after arriving at hospital.

The Lincoln Coroner, Mr Paul Smith, said: “If the ambulance had arrived at the hospital at the time it arrived at the caravan park, on the balance of probability she would have lived.

“It took two 999 calls, four different ambulances and two hours 38 minutes for an ambulance to reach Mrs Bailey.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service have accepted that the care delivered “was not as it should have been”.

Gail’s family have issued the following statement: “We are very upset to hear that Gail would still be alive if the ambulance service had acted promptly. Aaron’s life has been turned upside down since he lost his Mum. We all miss Gail very much.”

Following the conclusion of the inquest, Switalskis Solicitors Clinical Negligence team will be pursuing a claim for compensation on behalf of Gail’s son, Aaron.

Sian Morris, Clinical Negligence Solicitor, said: “The tragic death of Gail Bailey has left a little boy without his Mum. Gail’s family and Aaron’s Dad are working together to make sure his upbringing is as close as possible to what Gail would have wanted. No amount of compensation will ever replace what Aaron has lost.”

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Suzanne Munroe

Suzanne is a Solicitor who heads up our Medical Negligence team and is also a Director of Switalskis. She joined Switalskis in 2013 and has specialised in Medical Negligence for most of her career. Suzanne is a nationally-recognised birth injury lawyer. Suzanne's profile