Authorities are to investigate a local doctor’s office and Helse Førde after a patient died during recent storms.
The 70-year-old man fell ill in Luster Municipality, Sogn og Fjordane, Monday. Relatives could not get in contact with emergency services because ‘Dagmar’ had knocked out telephone services.
His family had to fetch the ambulance themselves, but the man had died by the time medical personnel arrived.
In a press statement, Helse Førde spokesperson Hans Johan Breidablik says, “Based on our current knowledge of the matter, there is still no evidence the outcome would have been different if ambulanceor other health workers had arrived more quickly, as the patientdied shortly after symptoms occurred.”
Police and the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision (Helsetilsynet) have been notified because of all the attention surrounding the matter.
“It’s a tragic case, also because the aggrieved were unable to get in contact with medical staff. There are no initial reasons to believe any mistakes were made, but we will now be reviewing the incident as a matter of routine,” Chief County Medical Officer Per Stensland tells The Foreigner.
Council and health officials have initiated extraordinary measures to improve access to doctors.
According to Dr Stensland, the review process will commence next month.
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