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Medic 'diverted ambulance to go shopping'

The patient was reportedly not affected by the detour

By Melissa Clark
Daily Record & Sunday Mail

FIFE, Scotland — An ambulance driver stopped to shop at a computer store while responding to a call, it has been claimed.

A whistleblower alleges the driver visited Currys PC World on the way to a 999 call from a doctor.

Full story: Medic 'diverted ambulance to go shopping'

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Thomas Kopaskie II Thomas Kopaskie II Friday, November 30, 2012 8:07:04 PM WTF? Really? Just because "Half the doctors' calls are a waste of time" DOES NOT authorize a detour to shop. That's what your TIME OFF IS FOR!
Katrina Phillips Katrina Phillips Friday, November 30, 2012 10:18:11 PM WoW! Unbelievable
Derrick Sims Derrick Sims Saturday, December 01, 2012 6:05:53 AM So the other half of Drs calls really are to sick people then. who wants to play 50/50 with your job prospects or the patients health ?
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:38:43 PM When we got a doc's office call we knew it was serious. Even if it was for transport only to the hospital, you still are expected to be prompt, professional, etc. Besides sometimes most of our non-emergency calls were for nursing home patients to doc offices, then back to the home or to the hosp. I know now that nursing homes and some EMS companies have dedicated "buses". But when it comes down to this case, stopping and shopping totally wrong. If it was a three man crew, I would have just left the jerk at the store and just have two of us take care of it. Most of our calls were only two man crews anyway.
Christopher Maloney Christopher Maloney Monday, December 03, 2012 3:51:14 PM Obviously, this guy has forgot what his job is and why he cared to get certified. Time for a new line of work.
Gabe A Smith Gabe A Smith Monday, December 03, 2012 4:29:42 PM Never should have diverted, but I will be honest, in my 7 years in EMS, I have never transported who couldn't have gone safely in their own vehicle. Ran on call because a persons ekg didn't match one taken five years before. in that time span, the pt had open heart surgery. would you expect it to staty the same?

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