Awful: Veteran collapses and dies waiting for help just 500 yards from emergency room

Another horrifying example of the critical need facing the VA right now happened at the Albuquerque VA just before the July 4th holiday. A veteran collapsed at the VA cafeteria, and instead of everyone rallying to rush him over to the emergency room – they followed protocol and called in the ambulance. Fifteen minutes later it arrived – but it was too late.

Buck reacted on radio:

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The AP reported:

A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.

Officials at the hospital said took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.

VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown said Kirtland Air Force Medical Group personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

“A veteran collapses in a veterans hospital, and instead of all hands on deck, we got a veteran down, it takes them 20 minutes to get the ambulance to come. This is in a hospital. Think about this. Takes 20 minutes to get an ambulance to show up so they can transport him the length of a couple of football fields maybe. 20 minutes. He’s dead,” Buck said.

Buck warned that this happened after the nation has already expressed outrage over the VA scandal, and it shows the dangers of regulation interfering with common sense.