Bystanders including an off-duty fire officer and a nurse assistant tried to give CPR.
The restaurant duty manager rang 999 and sent a member of staff to find a defibrillator.
Emma Newhouse, who was eating in the restaurant with friends, told the hearing that the McDonald’s worker went to the NHS Urgent Care Centre further along Moor Lane but was refused the use of their defibrillator.
Wait, what…? Let me look that up:
Speaking after the hearing, a Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman, which runs the Widnes NHS Urgent Care Centre, said the on-site defibrillator is for use in a “healthcare setting” only.
So…if they’d carried the patient to your doorstep instead of requesting the defib be taken to McDonalds, you’d have had to use it then?
She said: “We are extremely saddened by Mr Ainsworth’s death in April 2018 and our thoughts are with his family.
“It is important to clarify that the defibrillator at the Widnes Urgent Care Centre site is designed for use within a healthcare setting and removing it from the centre could potentially have put the lives of other patients at risk.
“For this reason it is not classed as a community defibrillator or held on the national defibrillator database of devices available for community use.”
The NHS loves its rules. Even if they cause the death of a taxpayer. Maybe especially if they cause the death of a taxpayer…