- Ally Langdon criticizes health bosses
- A mother died while waiting for an ambulance
Ally Langdon has questioned a senior minister and health official after a single mother tragically died of a heart attack while waiting for an ambulance that never arrived.
Cath Groom, 51, called emergency services just before 10.30pm on Friday after experiencing chest pains and was deemed urgent, meaning an ambulance should have arrived at her Brisbane home within 15 minutes.
Despite numerous calls to 000, an “exhausted” Ms Groom waited 90 minutes before canceling the request and deciding to go to sleep in the hope her symptoms would subside.
The next morning, Mrs. Groom’s son made the heartbreaking discovery that she had died in bed.
Langdon called the “avoidable tragedy” a “disgrace” in a tense interview on A Current Affair.
“What happened is unacceptable and the fact that Cath Groom is no longer with us and her son no longer has a mother is a disgrace,” Langdon said on Tuesday evening.
Cath Groom (pictured), 51, died after experiencing chest pains and calling an ambulance which never arrived
The host spoke to Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman and Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Craig Emery.
Ms Fentiman and Mr Emery said they were “devastated” for Ms Groom and her family.
“It is unacceptable that the ambulance took so long to get to her and I am truly sorry,” Ms Fentiman said.
Langdon questioned whether the fact a Code 1 call went unanswered was evidence the entire emergency services system in Queensland was “broken”.
Ms Fentiman admitted: “In this case we absolutely should have done better,” but added that ambulances were “predominantly” on duty when someone called for help.
Langdon called the comment ’empty words’ and asked Mr Emery, if he agrees “that there is a serious problem with the service you oversee?”
“We should have responded to this lady much quicker, we were experiencing a surge in demand,” Mr Emery said.
Current Affair host Ally Langdon said what happened to Ms Groom was a ‘disgrace’
Ms Langdon spoke to Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman (left) and Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Craig Emery (right).
Mrs Groom had raised her son alone after her husband also tragically died 18 years ago – just a month after their son was born.
Her friends and family took to social media to pay tribute to an “amazing and sincere woman who was taken far too soon.”
“Rest in peace sister, may you now rest peacefully with daddy and the love and husband of your life,” Ms Groom’s sister wrote on Facebook.
“Cath, you are an amazing mother, wife and friend. “Heaven is a greater place to have you,” a friend wrote.
Queensland Ambulance Services (QAS) is conducting an investigation into how cases like Ms Groom’s fall down the priority list despite the urgency of their requests.