August 8, 2022

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Friday, July 22, 2022

** UK ambulance trust asks overworked paramedics to volunteer their time to respond to calls

UNITED KINGDOM NEWS

** Already overworked paramedics working for the East of England Ambulance Service are being asked to voluntarily respond to calls in their spare time. That is the word from the BBC (Matt Precey/July 20) which said the aim of the proposal is to improve both response times and hospital survival rates. According to the news service, a pilot of the idea will be run in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, using medics with level four qualification or above. An unnamed paramedic working for the service, however, criticized the idea, saying medics are already run off their feet while on shift. He said doing the same work without pay would be unlikely to fly.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

** UK paramedic sentenced to five years in jail after off-duty fatal crash

UNITED KINGDOM NEWS

** A Withernsea paramedic, who was driving drunk last year when he killed a cyclist, was sentenced Wednesday to five years and four months behind bars. The Yorkshire Post (Alexandra Wood/July 20) said Robert Woodruff, 36, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving in the demise of Richard Goodwin, 56, on June 26, 2021 around 8:45 p.m. According to the newspaper, Woodruff had consumed ten pints of beer prior to getting behind the wheel to go to a house party a few miles from his home. He hit Goodwin at approximately 60 mph in the opposite lane. Following the impact with the cyclist, Goodwin’s vehicle plunged down a slope and into a ditch before ending up in the garden of a nearby home. After being taken to hospital, his blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit some three hours later.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

** Memorial service held for New Mexico first responders killed in chopper crash

UNITED STATES NEWS

** New Mexico medics in Bernalillo gathered Tuesday evening to remember their first responder colleagues killed in a chopper crash Saturday near Las Vegas. KRQE (Anna Padilla/July 19) said the Albuquerque service in Alvardo Square saw both county and police officials attend to honor the life of Rescue Specialist Matthew King, Undersheriff Larry Koren, Deputy Michael Levison and Lt. Fred Beers. All four died after their helicopter went down while providing wildfire assistance. According to the news service a GoFundMe page has now been established to assist the families of the deceased. The amount raised so far is $35,000. The goal is $400,000.

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