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Refugee-row ambulance staff suspended

Refugee-row ambulance staff suspended

Published: 25 Mar 2013 16:28 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Mar 2013 16:28 GMT+01:00

Two ambulance personnel in Gävle have been suspended after police records showed they refused to take a young asylum seeker to hospital after he jumped from a window.

A transcript of radio communication between police on the scene and local police headquarters confirmed that the young asylum seeker, once he had jumped, had no visible injuries.

The transcript goes on to read, however, "the ambulance refusing to take him!!!!". The police had to step in instead and take the underage boy to hospital.

Witnesses on the scene also reportedly overheard racist comments from the ambulance staff, both of whom have now been suspended by county officials.

"This behaviour is completely unacceptable and flies in the face of our values," Gävleborg county head Svante Lönnbark said at a press conference on Monday.

The incident came to light when local police criticized the ambulance staff's behaviour.

County security chief Peter Bivesand has been appointed to look into the incident, when the underaged asylum seeker leapt from a window six metres above ground after having his asylum application rejected.

The boy was not seriously injured in the incident.

The investigation has already found that the ambulance staff did not annotate the incident properly in their records.

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17:05 March 25, 2013 by Khazara
Looks like these racist are out of a job. Who will be next?
18:20 March 25, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
Ok,We're on a good roll here!

Public safety servants simply cannot be allowed to stay in these jobs after display these kind of mental illness and prejudice.

He made the comments in public(perhaps on his radio which is monitored and recorded),what more do we need to know about him?

He's unstable!

The bus driver should be next!
18:27 March 25, 2013 by 1982gogogo
no. they will be suspended with pay. after the investigation when it turn up they did nothing wrong they will be back to work. when teh truth is known then SD will get more votes and the Local and their friends will have to make up another story. its all very silly.
18:56 March 25, 2013 by recklessrashid
Repeating the same fake stories over and over will never make them true.

First it sounded like the kid had a terrible fall. Then it turned out he didn't. He jumped into a safe mat. Because the kid wasn't hurt the ambulance didn't take him to the hospital. That's the bottom line. Nobody now questions that the kid was fine.

We can write and write from any angle we want, the kid still wasn't hurt. So somebody in charge couldn't take the heat and suspended these guys. OK, but the kid wasn't hurt. Why should an ambulance take a healthy kid to the hospital. So now the only question is did a ambulance guy say a mean comment. That's all that's left of this once horrible story. Did someone say something bad. How boring.
19:03 March 25, 2013 by matressmonkey
Nice try Local, but this story is over. Time to give up and try again. Suspension is not a story. The real story of the ambulance workers igoring a wounded child because he is foreign has been proven false.
19:35 March 25, 2013 by prince T
@Monkey. Ur comment is false. . Read the below statement from the bosses.

De två ambulanssjukvårdarna i Gävle som vägrade ta med en flyktingpojke som hoppat från ett fönster, tas nu ur tjänst, meddelar Landstinget Gävleborg.

@monkey. Lice try in lying.
19:41 March 25, 2013 by Kronaboy
@Khazara

Good long overdue; however, the real test will be will DO peruse the matter to the full extent of the law, or simply allow it to be swept under the carpet as per government policy?

@recklessrashid

The individual attempted to harm himself, the fact he failed is immaterial. Even with the shambles of the NHS mental health, he would have section for a minimum of 48 hours in the UK.
20:58 March 25, 2013 by johan rebel
"Underage boy"? I'll just bet this guy lied about is age and is actually well over 20 years old, like the vast majority of these so-called ensamkommande flykting"barn".

And yes, people who do not require treatment at a hospital should not be taken there, and most certainly not in an ambulance, which should only be used for stretcher cases.
21:17 March 25, 2013 by intrepidfox
But the kid jumped and he was not injured and did not need medical help. What is the problem. There are more urgent problems to be taken cared off instead off a person that was not injured. Off course it will go to DO as people are always trying to get fake compensation and they suceed.
21:37 March 25, 2013 by ragdoll
You people irrational. The kid jumped into an inflatable safety raft. He didn't try to commit suicide. He was fine. There have been numerous cases where Swedes have been denied ambulances and have died. The idea that some perfectly healthy kid being deined an ambulance proves racism is insane. People can jump up and down and yell and scream racism all they want, rational people will look at the facts and then ignore them.
22:45 March 25, 2013 by Stephen Rohaty
Just what 'race' is islam? I mean, they pride themselves on having white, yellow, black, etc. adherents. So, what race is islam? If you don't know the word in English, give it to me in Swedish.
00:31 March 26, 2013 by Children Of Adam
Many immigrants who are very educated are working as cleaners. they never mind serving the community, we should not treat immigrants or look at them very low.

I am proud of Svante Lönnbark! very great job, please kick out racists who thinks their skin colours make them superior than others, we live in very modern time and there should be no racists among us.
06:03 March 26, 2013 by grandmary
Most countries have racial problems. In the US we certainly do with people getting shot becuase of race, sometimes by the police. That's real racism. Every day!

If the worst Sweden has is two months ago someone healthy not getting a ambulance to the hospital, or a ambulance driver muttering something that someone may have heard, you must have NO racial problems. NONE! ZERO!
08:48 March 26, 2013 by SebastianLJ
@Stephen Rohaty: Oh, it's not a 'racial' thing, huh? Close your eyes and tell me: what is the first image of a person that pops into your mind when you think of a Muslim? Now, close your eyes and tell me: what is the first image of person in your mind when you think of a Scientologist -- you know, the UFO cult that is now at the center of about a dozen media criminal investigations in the States? If your mental image of a Muslim is a non-white poor person, you get a cookie. If your mental image of a Scientologist is a wealthy white celebrity, you get another cookie. Now ask yourself why these far-right Swedes are making a big fuss about the country's extremely small Muslim minority (5%) when there are Scientologists who actively abuse followers, force abortions, and violate human rights laws.
14:27 March 26, 2013 by k2kats
This young man may not have had any physical injuries, but he clearly needed help if things were so bad that he contemplated jumping from a building. I hope he got it.
15:19 March 26, 2013 by SebastianLJ
And to all of the people on here whining about how the ambulance shouldn't have sent the kid to the hospital if he didn't have visible injuries -- that's nonsense. I was once in a car accident in which I sustained a concussion, and I was driven by ambulance to the hospital. The kid here could also have had internal injuries. It is obvious the ambulance staff should have helped him. Those that claim otherwise are living in a bubble apart from reality.
20:45 March 26, 2013 by Migga
@SebastianLJ

He slid down a windows edge, a few meters, into a huge safety pad. Something I bet the ambulance drivers observed. We aren`t talking about a car crash. If it isn`t an emergency, and the police is there, it`s their job to handle would be suicide cases by driving them to the mental hospital.
14:57 March 28, 2013 by MikeKams
Good decision suspending these racists pigs.
15:08 March 28, 2013 by HungarianAmerican1975
Those ambulance drivers are absolute heroes! They have done a fantastic job sending a message that their country will remain Swedish and not Third-Worldish. Bravo!
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