Mechanics fixing health service van discover dead body in the back

Mechanics fixing health service van discover dead body in the back
Published: 2013 April 22 13:49:33 (8014 Views)
UK - An inquiry is underway after a National Health Service (NHS) van arrived at a garage for repairs - with a body in the back.

Horrified mechanics discovered the corpse as the specialist mortuary vehicle was taken in for a broken tail light.

An NHS employee has been suspended and health chiefs have apologised to the distressed family of the deceased.

Patients' campaigner Margaret Watt said the body blunder was 'absolutely horrendous'.

She stormed: "The corpse could have been there for days if the mechanics hadn't found it.

The body was found on Wednesday when it arrived at the AM Phillip garage in the city.

Mrs. Watts, of the Scottish Patients Association, added: "My heart goes out to the family and a simple apology from NHS Grampian isn't enough.



"They need to go and face up to the family and someone's head should roll for this and I don't care who it is."

NHS Grampian said: "This is a very serious incident and we are dealing with it as a matter of urgency.

"We have been in touch with the family of the deceased person and have apologised unreservedly for the distress that this incident has caused them.

"We have also been in touch with the garage and have apologised for the distress that may have been caused to their staff.

"We are deeply sorry for this regrettable incident and we are absolutely committed to taking whatever action is required to ensure that this situation can never happen again".

The patient died at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary early last week.

NHS Grampian refused to say whether the deceased was an adult or a child.

Staff at the garage refused to comment.



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