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Mandy Mathieson family shown ambulance call transcript

Mandy Mathieson
Image caption Mandy Mathieson died at her Moray home in October last year

The family of Moray woman Mandy Mathieson who collapsed and died at her home has been shown a transcript of the call to her village ambulance station.

Technician Owen McLauchlan was on a meal break and did not attend the emergency in Tomintoul in October 2010.

Ms Mathieson's brother Charlie said the transcript confirmed that while Mr McLauchlan was not formally asked to attend, he knew about the incident.

The technician's family said he had been exonerated by the information.

Ms Mathieson's family said they were shown the Scottish Ambulance Service transcript during a meeting with a procurator fiscal.

The Crown Office said it would not comment on what was discussed during the fiscal's meeting with her family.

A spokesman said: "Following an investigation by the procurator fiscal, a report will shortly be reported to Crown Counsel for their consideration as to what further action is appropriate.

"The procurator fiscal recently met with the family and will continue to keep them advised and informed of any developments in the case."

An ambulance crew based 21 minutes away in Grantown-on-Spey responded and an air ambulance was also scrambled from Inverness.

Thirty-three-year-old Ms Mathieson died, having suffered a blood clot.

Earlier this year, GMB Scotland said ambulance staff were unpaid and off duty during breaks and were not insured to respond to emergencies.

The union said ambulance staff were being blamed by the public for the rest break policy which had been brought to wider attention by Ms Mathieson's death.

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