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DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

Hospital chiefs are sending vital equipment to DEAD patients.

It takes so long to deliver simple aids, such as bed pans and back rests, that some die TWO MONTHS before they arrive.

Now angry workers say they are sick of causing distress to bereaved relatives.

They say dead on arrival deliveries happen up to 20 times a week in Glasgow.

One driver recently went to six addresses one morning - and was told the patient was dead at FIVE doors.

None of the drivers would speak on the record for fear of losing their jobs but their union is furious.

Katie Murphy, of Unison, said: "It's not the drivers' fault. The system is wrong."

Greater Glasgow Com-munity NHS Trust yesterday insisted such cases occured only six times a month.

A new telephone link is being set up to help patients' families cancel orders.
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Author:Little, Tom
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 10, 1996
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