A paramedic waited in her car for 10 minutes while a man who had been trampled by cows struggled to breathe – because she thought it was too dangerous to go and help him on foot.This story is garnering a great deal of comment – not a lot of it favourable to the emergency services – yet it’s inevitable when you consider that rules and procedures now guide everything and there’s no room for deviation any more:
The ambulance service said that after carrying out a “dynamic risk assessment” the first paramedic on the scene decided she should wait until she could drive the response car in.
East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “The reason for this was to ensure her safety and the patient’s at all times.
“The response car by her side would be used if she had to retreat to it immediately if the cows in the field became agitated further.
“Our clinician did what every member of staff would do.”It’s sad to think that’s the truth. But since the aim seems to be to stamp out all instances of individual heroism, it’s not too surprising:
A railway worker who rescued a disabled woman who had toppled on to a train track could be sacked for breaching safety procedures.
The man, along with three other people, hauled the wheelchair-bound woman to safety after she fell about 4ft at Southend Central rail station just minutes before a train was due to arrive.The fact that they may have saved her life is utterly irrelevant. They didn't follow the rules, they acted without thinking to help another human being, and that cannot be allowed:
A c2c spokesman said: “We have strict rules regarding correct safety procedures and an employee has been suspended while our investigations into the incident continue.”Hopefully the outcry (and the potential RMT involvement) will make them think again. But the chilling effect will linger on far after the MSM has moved on to something else...