Private ambulance worker 'viciously attacked' by rival firm

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A private ambulance service, Emer-G-Med, says one of its employees was involved in a "vicious attack" by another ambulance worker, reports The Times. The incident occurred on the R55 in Midrand after two ambulance providers were summoned to a scene of an accident involving several vehicles.

Emer-G-Med said it had dispatched an advanced life-support unit, primary-care ambulance and a paramedic team who on arrival at the scene treated several injured patients. "While one of our intermediate life-support members was actively treating a patient, he was viciously assaulted by what appears to have been an ambulance driver of a small ambulance service.

"Our advanced life-support paramedic intervened, removed our ILS member out of harm's way and continued rendering emergency care to injured patients," the report says Emer-G-Med's statement read.

The injured medic, who has not been identified, was taken to hospital after the "unprovoked" attack.

The report says Emer-G-Med rejected a claim that its employee had stabbed the ambulance worker. "Our ILS member – who was the victim of an unprovoked and deliberate attack – was taken to hospital and treated for facial lacerations and a ruptured eardrum. He is also undergoing trauma counselling," said Emer-G-Med.

The report says police spokesperson Captain Steve Malatji confirmed that a case of assault was opened with the police by Emer-G-Med.

The fight was allegedly started by a paramedic belonging to another service, according to the complaint to the police. "Apparently, a member from the crew of (another service) started to shout at the guys who were busy helping the injured and they ignored him and kept doing their job. He got frustrated and enraged by their (ignoring him), he insulted them," Malatji is quoted in the report as saying. "Still they went on without answering him. Then he hit one of the guys, who then suffered a broken eardrum."

The report says attempts to reach the other ambulance service being accused of the attack were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.

The Times report

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