Don’t Choose to Abuse message reprised after offensive note left on paramedic car
Date: 08 August 2019
We are asking members of the public who abuse our crews over parking issues to remember they are there to save lives.
This plea follows an abusive note being left on one of our rapid response vehicles parked while a paramedic was attending a medical emergency in Luton on Sunday (4th August).
The paramedic said: “The note was quite aggressive, and as a lone female worker, I did take it personally.
"I got in my car as quickly as possible as I didn’t want to risk a confrontation.”
She said it was not the first time that the public have shown unreasonable impatience over parking:
“I’ve had people asking us to move our ambulance so they can get past – while we’re dealing with a patient in the back."
Chief Executive, Dorothy Hosein said that abusive notes and comments about parking were something that crews faced all too frequently.
Dorothy repeated the message of our #DontChoosetoAbuse campaign, which highlights the verbal and physical abuse crews received from the public:
“Our crews are instructed to be considerate where they park. However in areas where parking is limited, an ambulance may need to park in the first available space to attend a critically ill or injured patient.
“No-one deserves to be abused for doing their job, so if a marked ambulance is parked across your drive for a few minutes, please think – is your parking space more important than a neighbour’s life?”
The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) are asking members of the public who abuse their crews over parking issues to remember they are there to save lives.