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Ambulance staff fired after refugee scandal

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Ambulance staff fired after refugee scandal
16:33 CEST+02:00
Two ambulance personnel in Gävle were fired on Tuesday for unprofessional behaviour after they refused to take a young asylum seeker to hospital when he jumped from a window.

An investigation concluded that the two workers were unprofessional, with one of them found to have made racist remarks about the 16-year-old refugee. He was also found to have deliberately delayed police work.

Neither of the ambulance workers took proper care of the boy who had just tried to commit suicide by jumping from a balcony six metres from the ground, investigators found.

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.

"What has happened is so serious and reprehensible in terms of patient safety that the concerned personnel have been notified and dismissed," said head county official Svante Lönnbark in a statement.

The incident has also been reported to Sweden's National Health Board (Socialstyrelsen).

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