Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

The latest from ITV Granada Reports’ correspondent Amy Welch


The family of one of the Manchester victims of the bombing refuses to accept an apology from the ambulance service for their decisions on the night of the attack.

Senior physician Daniel Smith apologized at the Arena survey last week for any decision he made that could have affected John Atkinson’s chances of survival.

But John’s family says he was, in their words, “” badly let down “by some of the emergency services and lost precious time before receiving treatment.


Earlier in the query, senior physician Daniel Smith apologized for any decisions he made that could have affected John’s chances of survival.


Atkinson, a care worker from Bury, was six meters from the bomber and suffered severe leg injuries and heavy bleeding after the explosion.

The hearing revealed that the 28-year-old was not seen by any member of the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) during the 47 minutes he was in the City Room.

Three paramedics from NWAS entered the City Room at night – two of them just minutes before Mr Atkinson was evacuated.

Atkinson suffered a cardiac arrest and waited for an ambulance, an hour and 16 minutes after the bombing.



A statement released by John’s family will be read out after the inquiry on Monday.


A statement released by John’s family was read out by their lawyer Richard Scorer following the inquiry on Monday. I’m out of it now

It read: “We lost our beloved John to a terrible cruelty while we were on a night out, a cruelty that could and should have been prevented by proper security.

“To put it bluntly, John was badly let down by some from the rescue services.

“Mistake after mistake was committed, and precious time was allowed to ebb away while John needed urgent hospital treatment.

“This should never have been allowed to happen. John had so much to give.

“We heard the apology last week from Smith from the North West Ambulance Service. We cannot accept this apology.

“Actions speak louder than words, and we are waiting to see what action will be taken to ensure that this never happens again.

Finally, we would like to thank them, including Ronald Blake, and Dr. Godfrey and his hospital team who tried to help John in his emergency.

“Ronald Blake in particular is a hero. Hearing about stranger kindness at night has given us a glimmer of hope in our darkest moments.”



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