‘Paramedics were right to take injured badger to vets’

FOLLOWING an inquiry, ambulance chiefs have stood by paramedics who picked up a dying badger and took it to a vets.

South Central Ambulance Service said the crew’s “humane” decision did not divert them from emergency duties.

Spokesman James Keating-Wilkes said: “An ambulance crew returning from hospital to base encountered what they believed to be a dead badger in the road in Banbury and, believing that this posed a danger to other road users, stopped to move it to the side of the road.

“On approaching the animal the crew noticed that the badger was alive and in considerable distress.

“They contacted a local vet who asked them to bring the badger in to a veterinary practice approximately half-a-mile from the scene, which they did.

“At no point was patient safety compromised.

“Our internal investigation has now been completed and we are satisfied that the crew was acting in the best humane interests of the animal.”

Dr Peter Skolar, chairman of the Oxfordshire joint health overview and scrutiny committee, said: “As long as they didn’t put anyone else’s life at risk then I think they deserve a medal.”

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3:21pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Rather they were picking up sick animals than drunken idiots on a Saturday night.
Rather they were picking up sick animals than drunken idiots on a Saturday night. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

3:03am Sun 2 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Some people are like that Sandy. Put animal lives over that, of normal law abiding people, like Mr Broughton. Very Strange.
Some people are like that Sandy. Put animal lives over that, of normal law abiding people, like Mr Broughton. Very Strange. Pavinder Msvarensy

2:56pm Sun 2 Dec 12

flopsy3 says...

They were absolutely right to do what they did. Cannot praise them enough. Thank God there are some decent people left.
They were absolutely right to do what they did. Cannot praise them enough. Thank God there are some decent people left. flopsy3

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