So I’ve woken up to this wonderfully charming, morale inducing headline this morning…
Let’s address some of the facts here:
The foundations for the modern ambulance service were laid in 1884 where the first horse drawn dedicated ambulances were stationed at a Liverpool hospital. These were staffed by an Ambulance orderly. Vehicles have obviously advanced but medical care didn’t change much until 1966 where the foundations for the modern paramedic were laid. In 1969 the first paramedics were being trained, and care has vastly improved ever since.
A paramedic trained in the UK in 1980, had less training than a technician trained in 2016, and these men and women are still practicing as paramedics.
Granted they have undergone updated training and some have progressed to degree level, but there still are many paramedics with no diploma or IHCD qualifications.
Does that make them inferior? No!!!
They have many years of experience. The ‘Old skool’ paramedics had 10-14 weeks intensive training (depending on the trust), the same as a technician.
We’re qualified to the same standard as a first year paramedic, we just haven’t done the advanced procedures such as the controlled drugs, IO, intubation (which some trusts don’t even allow paramedics to do anymore).
So my question to you Sophie Borland, Rosie Taylor and Ross Parker, is this;
do you need a paramedic to treat your self entitled millennial minor illness, or can a technician tell you to man up and take responsibility for your own care?
* Daily Mail we’d love a response.
*a genuine emergency will always be treated as such by any grade of staff from ECA to HEMS Doctor.
Written by ‘Cranky Medic’ – An Admin of Emergency Services Humour on Facebook, and a regular blogger in our popular satirical eMagazine, S__ts & Giggles – subscribe by clicking HERE —>
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