Loaded Question?

Once again, patients are waiting for ambulances rather than ambulances waiting for patients.

What is interesting is the reported tone of the Derry Mayor (and I may just be paranoid here), when he says about finding out what the other ambulances in the area were doing,

“Were they on emergency services, were they on emergency duty, were they transferring people and stuff like that,” he said.

“I think that is something that needs to be addressed.”

Which sounds very much to me like he wants to know if they were on a break, skiving or otherwise not 'working'.

Or it could be very interesting to see if they were dealing with people who were demanding an ambulance for a wart they'd had for the last three weeks. But I doubt that this particular follow-up story would make national news.

5 thoughts on “Loaded Question?”

  1. Patients waiting for ambulances rather than the other way around sounds like Targets which have been Achieved. The Ambulance Service is now More Efficient in that there is zero Wasted Time between calls (except to clean up blood and sick in the back, but I'm sure whoever isn't driving the call can handle that en route).

  2. Were they on emergency services, were they on emergency duty, were they transferring people and stuff like that,” he said.Mr Mayor didn't sound very articulate on the subject.

    I wonder would the assault on crew have got as much media coverage if no one had been 'deprived' of an ambulance? It certainly should have done

  3. “Were they on emergency services, were they on emergency duty, were they transferring people and stuff like that,” he said. “But surely emergency services and emergency duty are similar (if not the same) things? And anyway, they are your job, so that's what crews should be doing, isn't it?

  4. Hi, I live in the area this incident happened and saw the mayors comments on the local news. Some of what he said was not reported on the BBC website.An FRU arrived in 6 minutes and the paramedic worked very hard to save them man. The ambualance arrived in 19. The mayor commeneded all the paramedics for their hard work. He said that he had no problem with the Ambulance Service or any of the paramedics but rather on the funding and so the coverage for the city on a weekend. In Derry we have been asking for more ambulances for years.

    Three ambulances serving a city of 100,000 plus surronding towns and villages is not enough don't you think?

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