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Stabbed Green politician denied ambulance: report

TT/The Local/pvs · 2 May 2011, 16:07

Published: 02 May 2011 14:57 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 May 2011 16:07 GMT+02:00

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Lukas Duczko has revealed to the Expressen daily that he was told by the operator at Sweden's emergency response service, SOS Alarm, that no confirmation could be given and that they were very busy at the time.

"I had been talking for seven minutes and saw how Anders was shaking. Then I said that she has to ensure that an ambulance be sent immediately. Then she told me to calm down," he told the newspaper.

Another member of the party then put in a call to the 112 emergency line and was given the prompt response that an ambulance was on its way.

In a statement on Monday, SOS Alarm denied that the Wallner had been obliged to wait unduly long for an ambulance.

"The ambulance was at the location 17 minutes after the first call came in," said SOS Alarm press spokesperson Anders Klarström.

The knife attack reportedly occurred shortly after midnight. According to police, Wallner managed to proceed to the Skärholmen metro station where he was found seriously wounded.

Wallner was rushed to Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset) and underwent an operation during the night.

Anders Wallner, who is in the running to become the Greens new party secretary, communicated via his Twitter account on Monday that he "feeling well under the circumstances".

Anders Klarström told The Local earlier on Monday that SOS Alarm had opened an internal investigation into the incident.

"The inquiry showed that all routines have been followed," the firm later confirmed.

Anders Wallner's friends have however filed a police report against SOS Alarm, which came under fire in a separate case recently after it emerged that a 23-year-old Stockholm man had died after having been refused an ambulance.

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Emil Linnell made several calls to SOS Alarm late on January 30th complaining of breathing trouble, but the on-call nurse deemed his condition not to be life-threatening.

The transcript of the communication between the nurse and the man, released in April, shows that he pleaded "help me" repeatedly on the phone to SOS Alarm but was ignored.

Several hours later the 23-year-old was found dead by a neighbour; the cause of death was a ruptured spleen. No ambulance was ever sent.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:30 May 2, 2011 by HYBRED
Being a member of the Green party he should be proud that they didn't dispatch one of those petrol guzzling machines.
17:44 May 2, 2011 by technoviking
17 minutes is plenty of time to bleed out if he'd been cut bad...
19:12 May 2, 2011 by wenddiver
Quick somebody give him a crystal, so he doesn't have to use the Medical -Industril complex., ha, ha.

No fosil based Fuel as used in the making of this comment.
20:07 May 2, 2011 by just a question
As I said before, don't phone ambulances...phone a friend or a family member that drive you directly to the hospital
21:05 May 2, 2011 by RitaPita
Just the other day i witnessed a very violent fight among several people from my balcony, there was a woman screaming her lungs out but she was out of sight from my view angle..

Called 112 to report this and all i got was attitude (in swedish) "So... there was a fight, eh?... uh huh, and they ran off?.... okay.... yeah, we'll see what we can do, it doesn't seem important."
22:35 May 2, 2011 by Puffin
The Local has not reported the whole article from Expressen which makes it clear that the situation was a lot more complicated

The Local's reporting makes it sound like the guy was lying on the ground and denied an ambulance - but the original Expressen article makes it clear that this was not the case

- The guy was attacked and robbed at a cash point

- he managed to stagger to an underground station where he met friends

- one of the friends called an ambulance

- the ambulance operator told them to stay where they were

- they refused to do this

-the whole group boarded an underground train

- much of the confusion arose in trying to get an ambulance to be able to meet people who were on a moving train
10:45 May 3, 2011 by Borilla
Let's not get upset here. "All procedures were followed..." The fault clearly lies with the injured party (again). They should have known better than to call SOS, especially at lunch time. The important thing is that "procedures" are followed, not hat an injured person gets assistance. Besides, it is so much easier to move a dead body than those squirming, live people.The moaning and groaning disturbs the digestion.
11:17 May 3, 2011 by Keith #5083

wise advice
12:06 May 3, 2011 by karex
@just a question

The problem with phoning a friend to take you to the hospial instead is that if you show up there without being brought by an ambulance the chances are they will send you home and tell you that you should have booked an appointment - and to come back tomorrow!

It happened to me...
13:49 May 3, 2011 by soultraveler3
It's not smart to suggest to call a friend to take you instead of expecting an ambulance to show up.

If you have a serious injury or are seriously ill those few minutes waiting for a friend to get you and drive you might make the difference in if you live or die. Ambulances have equipment and medicine on board that can save people.

Unless you're way out in the country somewhere, waiting 17 minutes for emergency personal to show up is ridiculous.

Why are these ambulance services private anyways? With all the taxes paid they should be government controlled and quickly show up when called. That goes for the police and fire dept as well.

If he wasn't a politician they might not have shown up at all. :/
15:50 May 3, 2011 by Stickeroo
Ambulance? HA! Should have called a taxi, those guys would get there and get you to the hospital faster than an ambulance or friend ever could. And around Skarholmen and Alby there are tons of them, all the drivers live there.
12:33 May 8, 2011 by wenddiver
He's a Green, let nature take it's course, drive him out to the wolves so he can be eaten like the other wounded animals.

Maybe the King and his Posse will save him with their Ninja skills.
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