'Forgotten' ambulance crews watched 7/7 on TV - inquest

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Ambulance crews "sat watching" the 7/7 atrocity unfold on TV for more than an hour before they were dispatched to one of the bomb sites, an inquest heard today.

Frustrated medical staff at Camden Ambulance Station witnessed the worst single terrorist attack on British soil breaking on Sky News.

But they were not deployed as they hoped and later asked: "Why were we forgotten?"

The inquests into the deaths of the 52 people killed by suicide bombers heard rescue workers arriving at King's Cross lacked medical equipment and were forced to create make-shift stretchers from clothing.

In dire circumstances, they battled to help the living who they lay among "mounds" of dead bodies.

Meanwhile, at least four crews could do no more than watch the disaster unfurl on television, the inquest heard.

A statement by London Ambulance Service paramedic Rachel Harris alluded to a lack of resources on site and questioned the initial failure to deploy some teams.

"We watched it on TV at Camden for over an hour," she said.

"We cover King's Cross, West End and Paddington regularly.

"At least four Camden crews sat on station watching it on TV ... Why were we forgotten?"

She was eventually dispatched to Tavistock Square.

Teenage suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay killed himself and 26 others when he blew himself up on a Piccadilly Line train between King's Cross and Russell Square stations.

The bombing, at 8.50am on July 7 2005, was the deadliest of the four attacks on London's public transport network that day.

HELPING HAND: Ben Wilson, MD at MPM, with Victoria Hopkins, MD at Hopkins Catering. PIC: Tony Johnson

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