A sad story has emerged in which paramedics elected not to bring a child into hospital following a head injury, the child died a few hours later after another ambulance had been called.
Whatever the facts of the case, it is clearly unfair to put paramedics in this decision making position given their minimal levels of training in medical diagnosis and treatment. In the NHS these days managers frequently pressurise paramedics to leave patients at home.
This is a high risk strategy to say the least, these kind of decisions are hard enough for fully trained and highly experienced doctors, so it is not safe or fair to put paramedics in this position.
This is a familiar tale in the NHS today. Those without sufficient knowledge and training are routinely empowered to make decisions outside of their so called 'spheres of competence', the system is set up to encourage this dangerous practice. It's very sad indeed and it just isn't good enough.