Angry post warning.
I’ve already spoken about ambulance crews’ dark humour and other coping strategies that they use. I mentioned how “normal” members of the puic often don’t get it. Recently I was horrified to read an article relating to this.
It revolved around a message sent to ambulance crews, in their ambulances, telling them to “Please be mindful when outside A+E of how the public view your actions. Eg. Being on mobile phones/Snapchat or taking refreshments.”
Firstly, what narrow minded, uninformed fool actually sent that message? Any member of any ambulance service should know what the crews go through. To send something like that to crews, while they are still on duty, is utterly thoughtless!
Secondly, the message began “Following a complaint from a member of the public.”. Whoever took that complaint should have put that member of public straight and explained what ambulance crews actually go through, it should never have made it past that first person.
There are blinkered people out there who think ambulance crews should go round expressionless and unemotional. Unfortunately robotics haven’t progressed that far yet so the job is still done by humans, with emotions, and coping strategies.
Sometimes they just need to chat with a friend or a loved one after jobs, outside A&E, on their phones. Sometimes one of the few chances they get to drink coffee etc is after a job, outside A&E. Normally because they are so busy serving members of the public. They might even have been on their phone to a counsellor after a particularly traumatic incident.
Please don’t ever judge crews for being human. That “member of the public” probably had no idea what the crews they were complaining about had just dealt with. Maybe they actually just needed a break and a brew, maybe they were taking the chance, between jobs, to check in with their loved ones they’d not seen for a long time.
I hope the person who actually sent that message to the crews was suitably dealt with.
Finally, if you think I’m wrong, and if you think crews should behave differently, most services are usually recruiting – why not put yourself in their shoes and see if you are right.