Bark­ing mad de­ci­sion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your VIews -

The East Of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Trust has been plagued with per­for­mance and fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties over re­cent years but the men and women who pro­vide their front­line ser­vice have done the re­gion proud.

On the, thank­fully, few oc­ca­sions I have come into di­rect con­tact with them I have been im­pressed with their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and car­ing.

Sadly, 86-year-old great grand­mother Brenda Wild- ing from nearby Lit­tle­port in Cam­bridgeshire has had a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence.

Can­cer suf­ferer Brenda was taken to Ad­den­brooke’s by am­bu­lance af­ter a 999 call. Her con­di­tion was not life threat­en­ing but she was in pain and vom­it­ing.

On route the am­bu­lance stopped so the paramedics could help a ‘cold and wet’ stray dog.

Yes, that’s right a cold and wet dog!

In the end they gave the dog – a black Labrador – a lift in the am­bu­lance. The dog was hy­per and had to be held back from Mrs Wild­ing as she vom­ited.

Her fam­ily are quite rightly fu­ri­ous at what hap­pened.

A trust spokesman apol­o­gised to Brenda and her fam­ily but no one has made di­rect con­tact with her.

And what of the paramedics?

They, the spokesman re­vealed, “now un­der­stand that their ac­tions were against trust guide­lines and now un­der­stand there is no le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop for a do­mes­tic dog, even if it was in dan­ger.’’

So not so much an apol­ogy, more a shoul­der shrug.

But on the plus side I am re­lieved that the trust has con­firmed that it’s not in their guide­lines that sick peo­ple should have to share their am­bu­lance with a slob­ber­ing Labrador!

What were those paramedics think­ing?

They prob­a­bly thought they were be­ing car­ing, but they weren’t they were be­ing stupid and they badly let down a vul­ner­a­ble per­son.

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