An inquest has found that a man was killed by an accident caused by the lack of training given to ambulance staff by their private employer.
Mr. Palaniappan Thevarayan, a double amputee, suffered fatal head injuries when his wheelchair tipped over in the back of a passenger transport vehicle moving him between Epsom and St Helier hospitals in 2011. The wheelchair had come loose from floor clamps. G4S, which operate the service for the NHS, were also found to be running an understaffed service, with inadequate training of their workers.
The case shows the grim logic of privatisation, in which private companies attempt to push down costs to win future contracts and to maximise profit, often at the expense of patient care.
G4S is contracted to four London NHS Trusts to carry out passenger transport services.