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Ambulance transporting patient stops to pick up hitchhikers

The patient had a blood clot, and filed a complaint after the crew stopped for the pair because they were on a dangerous road


CORNWALL, England —  An ambulance crew taking a man to hospital stopped to pick up two hitchhikers on route.

The crew carrying 60-year-old blood-clot patient Glenn Buscombe stopped on the A38 near Carkeel roundabout in Cornwall to pick up the woman and man.

Confirming what happened, South Western Ambulance Service said it was because the pair were on a "dangerous" road and they were "doing the right thing." Mr Buscombe has since made an official complaint to the ambulance service.

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Bob Morrison Bob Morrison Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:56:54 AM driver in no win position, if he left them and they were killed on road, what would the complainer say then, would driver be under investigation for failure in duty of care, the driver done what he thought was best and safest thing to do in that situation, he was not on emergency, what has happened to common sense, compassion and understanding in this country.
Daniel Lundquist Daniel Lundquist Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:18:57 AM Its called abandonment and EMT's and Paramedics have to stop, but this only apply's to them when they are not on a call. although we do what we can do. This is why we are who we are. We help people in the time of need and this guy in the ambulance was not going to die if they stopped to help these others from danger.
Joseph Russo Jr Joseph Russo Jr Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:56:47 AM Seems the PT is just looking for a big payday....
Ciaran McCullagh Ciaran McCullagh Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:02:15 AM PT not on an emergency run, no impact on standard or quality of care. Why entertain the complaint. No Mr xxxxxx our staff made the correct and safe decision, but thank you for your interest.
Stacy Green Stacy Green Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:46:19 AM That's what taxis and police are for. They had a duty to take their patient to the hospital in the most expeditious manner, the pedestrians were not patoents, there was nothing wrong with them, therefor no duty to them. If we took single patient that needed a ride we would be the bus service. Absolately wrong!
Nicholas Koch Nicholas Koch Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:19:55 PM Daniel Lundquist How is it abandonment if the hitchhikers were not their call and just happened to be there? They could have just called it in to LEO. Either I am misunderstanding what you typed or it is wrong, but that is not what abandonment is.
Mari Ann White Mari Ann White Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:29:47 PM I say call it in the the appropriate entity and don't risk you and your pts well being for a stop.
Robin Sykes Robin Sykes Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:34:14 PM i would not have stopped, clearly the hitchhikers assumed their own responsibility when they started their walk. if they were uninjured not the ems crews responsibility. they can not stop because someone has poor judgement as to where to hitchhike!!
William Angevine William Angevine Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:27:36 PM Simple here ya go: (EMT since 97) First: A blood clot is very serious. Third how I would have handled it. "Dispatch 3062 ....Dispatch on 3062.......Dispatch could you have law dispatched to A 38 We have two individuals in a dangerous situation, any further questions can be answered after clear from current transport" Bam simple answer. Oh and as a patient I would hope for privacy in a bad moment of my life.
Glenn Causer Glenn Causer Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:53:54 PM Doesn't matter what any of us in the USA say this was in England and they have totally different laws and guidelines oh wait we now have socialized medicine here so maybe not. Seriously though the pt was their concern not the hitchikers
Dave Lightner-Beitz Dave Lightner-Beitz Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:15:27 AM This is simply a "No Brainer" what the hell was the crew thinking??

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