By Roy Mabasa and Noreen Jazul
The government of the United Kingdom is now coordinating with authorities in Cebu regarding the case of a British national who died of cardiac arrest inside an ambulance while waiting for eight hours to be admitted to a hospital.
In a tweet on Friday, UK Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce also thanked Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for posting the message concerning the death of the British national.
“Thank you for this message Mr. Secretary. My team are in close touch with the local authorities and are offering advice and support to the family,” Pruce said in reply to Locsin’s earlier tweet.
On Thursday, Locsin apologized to the government of the United Kingdom on Thursday following the death of a British national who was allegedly turned away by a hospital in Mandaue, Cebu.
Locsin said the British national, whom he only identified as “Barry,” died Wednesday after he was made to wait in an ambulance for eight hours.
“From 2 to 10 pm, he never complained; got cardiac arrest; doctors didn’t help. He died,” Locsin said in a tweet.
“Shame. Abject apologies to the UK,” he added.
Cebu City has reverted to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from General Community Quarantine (QCQ) on June 16, after a “sudden increase” in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
The National Task Force (NTF) on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has deployed a surveillance team in Cebu to monitor its situation.