Dad reports SOS operator after son’s death

The step-father of the 23-year-old man who died after being denied an ambulance is reporting the management of SOS Alarm to the police.

And several counties in Sweden will switch emergency operator services to Medhelp after SOS Alarm did not meet requirements, reported news agency TT.

The step-father has already reported to the police the nurse who refused to send an ambulance to his step-son. The 23-year-old eventually died.

A preliminary investigation into the incident has begun.

New information about the incident has come forward since the family was able to read the transcripts from the 15-minute conversation between the 23-year-old man and the emergency operator.

“It’s impossible to describe how it feels to hear your child cry out for help and not get it,” the step-father told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

On a Sunday morning in January, the 23-year-old had difficulty breathing and fainted when he got up to call for help just before 6am. But the nurse doubted that he was sick and he gave up trying to convince her.

The nurse was fired after having worked for SOS Alarm for over a year. During that time, three customer complaints were filed against the nurse.

From November 1st 2011, Uppsala, Västmanland, Södermanland, and Gotland counties are set to drop SOS Alarm in favour of Medhelp. SOS Alarm lost the procurement because the company had not undertaken the necessary improvements that had been mandated by law.

The disagreement was also over support for decisions concerning the provision of assistance in emergency situations, the questions the emergency operator asks to be able to judge medical care need.

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Sweden steps up Baltic defence in ‘signal’ to Russia

Sweden's defence minister has said his country is carrying out military exercises in the Baltic Sea to 'send a signal' to countries including Russia.

Sweden steps up Baltic defence in 'signal' to Russia
Swedish troops on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. Photo: Joel Thungren/Försvarsmakten/TT

The so-called “high readiness action” means the Swedish army, navy and air force are currently more visible in the southeastern and southern Baltic Sea and on the island of Gotland.

No details have been disclosed about the number of troops involved in the action.

Sweden is “sending a signal both to our Western partners and to the Russian side that we are prepared to defend Sweden's sovereignty,” Hultqvist told news agency TT.

Ground troops on Gotland. Photo: Bezhav Mahmoud/Försvarsmakten/TT

“There is currently extensive military activity in the Baltic Sea, conducted by Russian as well as Western players, on a scale the likes of which have not been seen since the Cold War,” the Swedish Armed Forces' Commander of Joint Operations, Jan Thörnqvist, said in a statement.

“The exercise activities are more complex and have arisen more rapidly than before. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has caused global anxiety and uncertainty. Over all, the situation is more unstable and more difficult to predict,” Thörnqvist said.

A Visby-class corvette and two Jas Gripen jets in the air. Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Försvarsmakten/TT

Hultqvist said Sweden was also monitoring developments in Belarus “very closely”.

Non-Nato member Sweden, which has not been to war in two centuries and which slashed military spending at the end of the Cold War, reopened a garrison on Gotland in January 2018 amid concerns about Russian intentions in Europe and the Baltic.