WORKFORCE: Eleven NHS staff have been suspended by a Midlands hospital and West Midlands Ambulance service after an A&E patient collapsed and died.

It has been claimed the staff took no action when the man, who was allowed to go outside at Walsall Manor Hospital, collapsed on 23 June.

Details of what happened have only just emerged but HSJ understands four paramedic staff from the ambulance service and seven workers from the hospital have been suspended pending a full investigation.

It will examine claims the NHS staff walked past the man as he lay on the ground yards from the hospital entrance

It has also been suggested members of the public ignored the man while others recorded videos of him on their mobile phones and laughed as they walked past.

Jayne Tunstall, chief operating officer at Walsall Healthcare Trust said: “I can confirm that an incident happened on the Walsall Manor Hospital site, on Saturday 23 June in which a patient died.

“A full investigation has been launched by the trust and is currently on-going and a number of staff have been suspended as part of this investigation.”

The trust confirmed the man was a patient in the A&E department and had not been discharged when he collapsed.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has also launched its own investigation into the incident.