Paramedics re­ported af­ter ‘tak­ing a break’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

a MEM­BER of the pub­lic com­plained when they saw am­bu­lance staff tak­ing a break out­side a hos­pi­tal’s a&E.

a bul­letin was sent round to North West am­bu­lance Ser­vice staff, ask­ing them to be mind­ful about how mem­bers of the pub­lic view their ac­tions fol­low­ing the com­plaint.

The bul­letin had ‘well mean­ing in­ten­tions’ but was re­tracted as it does not re­flect the trust’s stance, an am­bu­lance spokes­woman said.

The com­plaint prompted out­rage from so­cial me­dia users.

One Face­book user wrote: “If you re­ally think these won­der­ful, un­der­rated peo­ple shouldn’t be able to take a break for food, drink or to speak to fam­ily or friends, you don’t ever de­serve their help or that of their hos­pi­tal col­leagues.”

One per­son called the com­plaint ‘non­sense’, and added: “In­stead of judg­ing them, peo­ple should be thank­ing them, wish­ing them a merry Christ­mas and buy­ing them a tea or cof­fee.”

a spokesper­son for North West am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “This mes­sage was is­sued by an in­di­vid­ual who had well-mean­ing in­ten­tions.

“It does not re­flect the trust’s po­si­tion and we are very sorry for the hurt it caused to our ded­i­cated front­line staff, who con­tin­u­ously show ex­cep­tional ded­i­ca­tion to pa­tient care.”

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