Borroloola woman died at funeral after requests for ambulance refused, elder says
By Nadia Daly
Updated yesterday at 10:07amFri 13 Feb 2015, 10:07am
PHOTO: Jack Green said distraught family members were forced to leave a funeral to drive a sick woman to a clinic. (Supplied: Padraic Gibson)
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An elderly Indigenous woman died at a funeral after requests for an ambulance were refused, according to an Indigenous elder in the remote NT town of Borroloola.
Jack Green said the woman and members of the community 650 kilometres south-east of Katherine were attending the funeral on Saturday when she became unwell.
He said he called Borroloola’s Health Clinic requesting an ambulance but he was told by a staff member that they could not send one.
He said the staff member did not provide a reason why an ambulance could not be sent from the nearby clinic.