The other day we wrote about St John and their need for more cash. The article in the Herald highlighted a case and one reader has sent in her thoughts on the issue, which really leads you to wonder what game the Media party are playing when they leave out some of these facts.
I read with interest the post yesterday about St John Ambulance and the issue of double crewing. Until then I had been unaware of other stories which had appeared in other publications, and the case which sparked the discussion of double crewing. So I went looking.
I read the Herald article When Every Second Counts by Martin Johnston.
And I was concerned about a lot of what I read, particularly regarding the treatment provided by the ambulance officer, and about the hospital doctor. For me, the issue of double crewing in this instance was not a stand out feature in the death of the patient.
I also read the Herald Editorial St John Call For Aid Must Be Answered (with no byline).
Imagining yourself or your loved ones in an emergency medical situation, potentially needing lifesaving care is all very emotive stuff. Who can disagree that single crewing in unsafe for both patient and paramedic? Yes, St John should be better funded (by what means we don’t know yet) in order to provide a greater degree of safety to all concerned. Indeed, CEO Peter Bradley has stated that after the end of this financial year no single crew will respond to any incident. His staff are totally supportive of this position. Read more »