When paramedics were called to Barry Baker, 59, a civil servant living in Patcham, U.K. they were allegedly heard that they could not be bothered to help the man.
As Baker laid on the floor having a heart attack he called an operator for help. That line was open when help did arrive in the form of two paramedics.
When the paramedics saw the state of the home they used words to the effect that the man was not worth saving according to a police source. Those words were captured on the phone’s taping system. They then were heard to tell the ambulance control room that Baker was “already dead” when they arrived.
Twelve years ago Baker’s arthritis became so bad that he had to give up swimming and tennis. The Department of Work and Pensions employee was too proud to hire a cleaner and too disabled to be able to keep the place tidy.
The two paramedics, aged 44 and 35, that responded to the call were arrested on December 5 on suspicion of neglecting to perform a duty in public office contrary to common law. They both have been suspended from their jobs after they were bailed out of jail. The investigation in ongoing.