Who you calling a Paramedic?


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Discuss - 4 Comments

  1. scarletmanuka says:

    Oh dear… where to start on your ‘clearly know best’ approach? It’s TV, of course it’s edited, why would we even want to assume it’s not? Party Paramedics… like that was the choice title of the people who were filmed. Yeh if only everyone had the benefit of rewinding, pausing and generally replaying events on 4OD to get their diagnosis spot on, shall I suggest this to my local NHS A&E? And of course none of them would have the sense to refer serious cases to hospital, they’d just stick a nice Disney plaster on and send them on their way. Et Cetera… Nice provisos though. What’s your alternative proposal with the somewhat struggling NHS?

    • @Secret_medic says:

      As I do this for a living, I clearly have the chance to put an informed angle on this program, but I am not psychic, so I have to work with what I see.

      I make these sorts of decisions every day, and I can categorically say that if portrayed accurately they got them wrong. There is no hindsight required, no magic replays needed. With the information given the decisions were wrong, I along with loads of other people in my line of work were able to say that on first viewing.

      However I am prepared to admit that it would have had some editing. I asked the question about observations being recorded for instance because I am aware it would not make good television. Now if C4 have edited the program to the point where they have changed what happened then that is a fault on their part. The title is also down to them and the program makers and not once have I accused the people on the bus of being at fault.

      These initiatives are a good idea if executed correctly, but if poor decisions are made it is a matter of time in the current climate before lawyers become involved. The tide of opinion on a project can turn very quickly over 1 unfortunate incident and that is why I believe that at least one health care professional should be on these vehicles at all times.

      I feel like you have taken my post as a personal insult in some way. I apologise if I caused you offence, but I stand by my skill and knowledge when it comes to the job I do and therefore I have to stand by my comments.

  2. jabberwocky says:

    i emailed channel 4 about my concerns of the misleading use of the protected title of paramedic and below is the reply from them. In terms of what these people are doing they ought to be applauded and praised accordingly. I do, however, have an issue with the tv producers using this title which our HPC registration fees are supposed to protect for us.I mean just what else do the HPC do for us?

    Thank you for your e-mail around the use of the term ‘paramedic’ in the title of the series Party Paramedics.
    reply from channel 4-
    The use of the term ‘paramedic’ in the series reflects how the term is commonly used and no-one in the programme holds themselves out to be a registered paramedic when they are not. We feel confident that the audience would not have found the use of the word ‘paramedic’ in that context confusing or in any way misleading. We hope you will agree that the programme highlighted the fantastic work of the many health professionals and volunteers who deal with the consequences of alcohol abuse.

    Nevertheless, please be assured that we have noted and logged your complaint for the information of those responsible for our programming.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers; complimentary or otherwise.

    Regards,

    Veronica Way
    Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries

  3. Don’t be afraid to edit a guest post – if they’re not a journalist they’ll look to you for some guidance. Add some subheads to break it up; split pars; add links. Move passages around if they’re OK with that. Also tell us a bit more about the poster and make it more explicit that this is a guest post.

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