Paramedics have seen a surge in the abuse they receive from the general public in recent years, with the latest unreasonable behaviour coming in the form of a poison pen letter. In full the letter reads;
‘If this van is for anyone but no. 14 then you have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a s**t is the whole steet collasped (sic) now move your van from outside my home.’
The paramedics who were attending a 999 call were met with the abusive note after parking their ambulance in a resident’s parking space in the West Midlands. Now, in a perfect world, there would have been ample space for the ambulance to safely park without causing any inconvenience, but alas, this isn’t a perfect world, and someone’s life is ever so slightly more important than someone being able to simply get out of their car and be in the living room in under a minute.
This is a sad sign of the times, where paramedics, going about their jobs are being abused for the most minor of inconveniences.
There was recently an unprovoked attack where a man was being taken to hospital, and a woman threw a full bottle of wine at the window of the ambulance, causing the window to smash, a £200 bill for the replacement of the window and then wasted resources because another ambulance had to be sent out, with 2 paramedics, which could have been life saving for another person.
This yobbish behaviour must stop, and the full force of the law enforced on such ridiculous situations. Is the country seriously so feral these days that the emergency services can’t go about their daily duties without enduring some kind of abuse?
What people don’t seem to grasp is if it was one of their loved ones that was being loaded into the back of an ambulance, if someone behaved like that, they’d be mortified. People need to learn to step into other people’s shoes, think of what they would do if they were in that situation. Would they be throwing projectiles at the ambulances? What about fire crews? If it was your house on fire with your family trapped inside, would you abuse the very people that were trying to help rescue them?
The health, fire and police services are all under strain as budgets are cut, there are fewer staff and morale is low due to the absurd behaviour of these cretins who think they can behave towards the very people who are employed to try and save them using any means necessary, and if that means parking in someone’s parking space for 10 minutes while they attend an emergency, well, that’s simply tough t*ts.
An emergency vehicle will always take priority over someone’s selfish, lazy wants. That is why you are meant to pull over and allow any Blue and Two vehicles past. And just remember, it could have been you or a loved one that needed that ambulance.