Saturday, January 5, 2008

More news is not necessarily good news

My news clippings have been quite voluminous. Worth reading is this story in reference to New Year in South Africa. Read through the entire story to the part describing the group of six volunteer tactical medics that ride in an armored ambulance. A teaser:

Throughout the night, patients were brought in by Tacmed, a specialised unit of six volunteer paramedics who looked like a Swat team in helmets and bullet-proof vests.

They specialise in working in hostile environments where ordinary ambulance services can't go and were brought in by the provincial government to work in Hillbrow for the night.

"It's f***ing chaos," said a Tacmed paramedic after a trip from Hillbrow.

The team travels in a massive armoured ambulance called Mfezi, meaning "cobra" in isiZulu.

And closer to home (depending on where home is...) deposition transcripts (obtained by the Washington Post) show exactly where one does NOT want to be in a lawsuit.

I cringed when I read it. I can't imagine what the poor physician was feeling. Remember, treating people well (aka the way you would want your family treated) is always the way to practice.

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