Philippines CCTV Camera News: DFA confirms it's Pinay nurse in UK life-support Case

By ROY C. MABASA | October 29, 2010, 7:07pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affirs (DFA) on Friday confirmed that the nurse who was caught on a CCTV camera allegedly turning off the life-support system of her British patient in January 2009 is a Filipina.

The declaration was made after the video, which showed 55-year-old Violeta Aylward mistakenly turning off her paralyzed patient’s ventilator, went viral over the Internet. According to the DFA, the Philippine Embassy in London has already "reached out" to Aylward and is "actively monitoring developments of the case."

The DFA said Aylward's licence was suspended by the Nursing and Mid-Wifery Council (NMC) in October last year. She is still awaiting a schedule for a formal hearing on the matter.

The United Kingdom Crown Prosecution Service, however, did not find sufficient basis to file a criminal case against Aylward after a thorough investigation. The Filipina nurse is employed by Ambition 24hours Care Service.

The patient, who suffered brain damage due to the incident, was identified as 37-year-old Jamie Merrett. He is from Devizes in southwest England and had been left paralyzed from the neck down by a 2002 road accident.

Reports said Merret installed a camera in his home when he became suspicious about the care he was receiving. The video, which was uploaded by the UK Telegraph on its website and has since been circulating among various social networking sites, showed Aylward attempting to restart the ventilator after she accidentally turned it off.

The Filipina nurse tried to revive Merrett but applied a resuscitation bag in the wrong place. Instead of connecting it to the hole in the patient’s neck, Aylward placed it in the patient's mouth. Paramedics was only able to restart the machine after 21 minutes.

"Merrett was starved of oxygen and sustained severe brain damage, leaving him with the mental capacity of a child," the Telegraph said in its report. Merret's family is now preparing to take legal action.


CCTV Philippines Camera News: Barangay Councilor's Killing Caught On Cam

CALASIAO, Philippines - A closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) captured the murder of a barangay kagawad in Calasiao town, Pangasinan, on Sunday. Footage caught by a CCTV camera installed at a gasoline station showed the victim, Barangay San Vicente official Joseph Garcia, being shot to the head at close range.

Garcia was filling his motorcycle with gas when another motorbike with 2 men stopped a few meters away from him. One of the men wearing a yellow shirt and a baseball cap suddenly went toward the victim and shot him at the back of the head.

Bystanders ran in panic while the gunman pumped more bullets into the fallen Garcia. The suspect stole the victim’s change from the gasoline station before he and his accomplice fled the scene.

Police have yet to find a motive for the crime, said Chief Inspector Gary Pascual, Calasiao deputy police head. The victim’s family, meanwhile, declined to give a statement to media.

A report received by the authorities indicates that Garcia was killed allegedly because he was an informer for the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. He was the fourth barangay official in Pangasinan attacked so far, according to police records. The three other victims survived the attacks. – Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News North Central Luzon

Source: Posted at 10/19/2010 12:15 AM | Updated as of 10/19/2010 12:15 AM

CCTV camera News: MLA Thomas Burns 'alarmed' by jail CCTV faults

CCTV cameras in NI prisons have broken down 783 times in the past five years.

The information was revealed in an Assembly answer by the Department of Justice to SDLP MLA Thomas Burns.

He said he was "very alarmed" by the figures which cover Maghaberry, Hydebank Young Offenders' Centre and Magilligan near Londonderry.

The figures emerged two weeks after the Billy Wright Inquiry said the breakdown of CCTV cameras was a factor in the events leading to his murder.

Mr Burns added: "Questions must be asked about the reliability of the equipment being used and immediate action must be taken to solve this problem.

"The prison service is under a great deal of pressure at the minute and it is little wonder staff morale is at an all-time low when their equipment is out of date and constantly breaking down.

"It is clear we need a 'Patten' style reform of the prison service.

"There are so many frequently reoccurring, complex and deeply rooted problems across all institutions that radical change seems to be the only way to deal effectively with them."

The Wright Inquiry recommended a complete overhaul of the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

However, reforms akin to the Patten review of the RUC has been ruled out by the justice minister David Ford on the grounds of cost.


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