Man collapses and dies in Job Centre queue ‘after being declared fit for work’

A man collapsed and died while waiting for an appointment inside a Job Centre Plus – despite reportedly being declared fit to work.

The 65-year-old, who has not been named, was sat in the waiting area of Llanelli Job Centre Plus in Carmarthenshire, Wales, when he fell unwell.

Fellow customers and staff rushed to help him and started CPR but he died at the scene on Friday morning.

It is believed he was declared fit for work by the job centre earlier this year, and was waiting for an appointment about Jobseeker's Allowance.

One witness said: "I didn't know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

"The man next to me told me that the poorly guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

"The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful."

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Everyone in the building was asked to leave after the man collapsed.

It remained closed for the rest of the day.

The witness added: "This lady who worked there walked over to him after she thought he looked quite unwell and that's when they realised he'd collapsed.

"Another woman and a man helped her put him on the floor and start CPR.

"We were all very shook up, it was a horrible situation that should have never happened."

A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: "We were called on Friday 15 November at approximately 09:33 am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli.

"We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance."

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Police in Llanelli responded to a report of the sudden death of a 65-year-old man at Llanelli Job Centre this morning (Friday, November 15).

"There are no suspicious circumstances. Next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed."

A DWP spokesman said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time."

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