Am­bu­lance ser­vice to apol­o­gise af­ter de­lay in help­ing stricken foot­baller

‘dis­grace’: Bosses blame the al­most hour-long hold-up on high lev­els of de­mand

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Jim mil­lar jimil­lar@the­

Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice chiefs are to apol­o­gise to a foot­baller left scream­ing for help on the pitch when it took al­most an hour for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive at Mon­trose FC’s Links Park – with one player call­ing the de­lay a “dis­grace”.

The Scot­tish League Two match be­tween Mon­trose FC and Ber­wick Rangers was de­layed af­ter a chal­lenge by Gable Endies mid­fielder Terry Mas­son left Ber­wick Rangers ace Ous­man See ly­ing on the pitch in agony with a bro­ken leg and dis­lo­cated an­kle, just 30 min­utes into Satur­day’s game.

Phys­ios from both teams rushed to as­sist the player, but it took 48 min­utes for paramedics to ar­rive at the scene and ad­min­is­ter gas, air and mor­phine to See be­fore rush­ing the player Ninewells Hos­pi­tal.

SAS bosses blamed the am­bu­lance hold-up on high lev­els of lo­cal de­mand.

Speak­ing from hos­pi­tal, See said: “It was a sham­bles that it took so long.

“I was in pain and needed to get to hos­pi­tal. I would ex­pect an am­bu­lance to be at the game ac­tu­ally.

“I couldn’t move or any­thing and it wasn’t a nice ex­pe­ri­ence – the staff who did turn up were re­ally good ac­tu­ally.”

A spokesper­son from the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We re­ceived a call at 1530 hours to at­tend an in­ci­dent.

“Our crew ar­rived on scene at 1612 hours, but due to high lev­els of de­mand, Mr Ous­man waited longer than we would have liked and we will be con­tact­ing him di­rectly to apol­o­gise.

“We are cur­rently in the process of train­ing and recruiting an ad­di­tional 1,000 paramedics over five years which will fur­ther en­hance our cover across Scot­land,” the SAS spokesper­son added.

Speak­ing af­ter the match, Mon­trose mid­fielder Mas­son said: “The length of the de­lay was a bit of a joke. Turn­ing up af­ter all that time is a bit of a dis­grace.” to Dundee’s

Pic­ture: Kim Cess­ford.

Ous­man See was treated on the pitch af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jury.

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