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Ex-paramedic pleads guilty after Walsall Manor Hospital death

Carl Cope
Image caption Carl Cope died from a heart attack after collapsing with chest pains

A former paramedic has admitted failing in his duty after the death of a man who collapsed outside a hospital.

Carl Cope, 47, died from a heart attack after suffering chest pains near the A&E department at Walsall's Manor Hospital in June 2012.

Matthew Geary, 36, from Manor Avenue, Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, admitted at Wolverhampton Crown Court to failing to discharge a duty.

He was given bail and will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

A 45-year-old woman, who has denied the same charge, is due for trial on 12 January, but the prosecution has discontinued a case against a 55-year-old man, who had been facing the same charge.

Mr Cope went for a drink after being left in an A&E waiting room and collapsed outside.

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