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G4S ambulance staff left message saying they could beat up patient

Two G4S ambulance crew members have been suspended after it was found that they had left a voicemail message for a vulnerable patient in which they suggested they could “beat the fuck” out of him and then claim self-defence.

In the message, the driver of the two-man non-emergency ambulance crew could be heard telling his colleague that “beating a patient to a pulp” was preferable to “being beaten to a pulp”, even if they were prosecuted. His colleague suggested that to do so would simply result in a six-month suspension while they were investigated.

The patient was sent the ambulance on 8 May to take him for an MRI scan on his lower abdomen after a stomach rupture. He has mental health problems and had been rehoused in temporary emergency council accommodation in Kent the previous week.

Full story on The Guardian, 15 May 2019.

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