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(London Times)   British ambulance drivers take patient 200 miles in the wrong direction thanks to faulty sat nav, poor navigational skills and socialised medicine (just thought I'd get that one in before the freepers)   (timesonline.co.uk) divider line 42
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2006-12-02 05:25:27 PM  
The patient was probably not a minority, so they took their time in helping the patient die. Multiculturalism you know, pip pip, yes my Muslim master, I will wash your feet at your service, cheerio.
 
2006-12-02 05:26:02 PM  
submitter shoud DIAF

/Just thought I'd get that one in before the freepers
 
2006-12-02 05:26:14 PM  
Subby forgot to mention drivers' bad teeth.
 
2006-12-02 05:28:28 PM  
Subby's mom was good to me last night.
 
2006-12-02 05:29:35 PM  
You know, I think since these Ambulance drivers came from a mental hospital and drove 200 miles instead of 8, they should go to the mental hospital themselves to make sure everything is alright in their heads.
 
2006-12-02 05:29:58 PM  
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2006-12-02 05:30:12 PM  
Headlines should not be written in the first person. (just thought I'd get that one in before the freepers)
 
2006-12-02 05:32:19 PM  
This has happened before thanks to satnav's, which aren't perfect and should not be completely relied on. Has nothing to do with a healthcare system, just a screwup that didn't harm anyone. Just waisted some time and gas.

/It's Not News...
 
2006-12-02 05:32:37 PM  
Forgive my ignorance, but what the fark is a freeper?
 
2006-12-02 05:33:29 PM  
Free Republic. An extremely far-right blog.
 
2006-12-02 05:34:44 PM  
An ambulance crew's blind faith in a satellite navigation system turned the routine 20-minute transfer of a patient between hospitals into a 400-mile odyssey.

They drove for eight hours before finally delivering the patient. After the equipment sent them north, they covered 215 miles in about four hours. The way back was only slightly shorter and took more than 3½ hours.


Whiskey
Tango
Foxtrot

Why are distances listed in miles and not kilometres, timesonline.co.uk?
 
2006-12-02 05:35:42 PM  
lol @ the people who think (and are going to think) subby is serious about the socialized healthcare.
 
2006-12-02 05:38:03 PM  
I'm a volunteer firefighter, and I'm an advocate of having navigation systems come standard in all engines. It's not fun seeing an engine idling in the firehouse parking lot while 6 firefighters are frantically looking through maps trying to figure-out where the fark "huntersfield" road is.
 
2006-12-02 05:39:17 PM  
You realize, of course, that the term "Ambulance Driver" is not only severely out of date, but many paramedics/EMTs find it offensive. Just so you know.
 
2006-12-02 05:39:17 PM  
Thanks Gosling, I am enlightened. I shoulda just googled it...
 
2006-12-02 05:39:30 PM  
jackc126: Why are distances listed in miles and not kilometres, timesonline.co.uk?

Some places in England still use imperial measures:

The Units of Measurement Regulations 1995 require that all measuring devices used in trade or retail be capable of measuring and displaying metric quantities. This has now been proved in court against the so called 'Metric Martyrs', a small group of market traders who insisted on trading only in Imperial units. Contrary to the impression given by some press reports, these regulations have never placed any obstacle in the way of using Imperial units alongside metric units. Almost all traders in the UK will accept requests from customers specified in Imperial units, and scales which display in both unit systems are commonplace in retail trade.

The United Kingdom completed its legal transition to SI units in 1995, but a few such units are still in official use: draught beer must still be sold in pints, most roadsign distances are still in yards and miles, and speed limits are in miles per hour, therefore interfaces in cars must be capable of displaying miles per hour, and even though the troy pound was outlawed in Great Britain in the Weights and Measures Act of 1878, the troy ounce still may be used for the weight of precious stones and metals. The Railways are also a big user of imperial units, with distances officially measured in miles and yards or miles and chains, and also feet and inches, and speeds are in miles per hour, although many modern metro and tram systems are entirely metric, and London Underground uses both Metric (for distances) and Imperial (for speeds). Metric is also used for the Channel Tunnel, and also the Channel Tunnel Rail link high speed line, and around Ashford International Station and Dollands Moor International Freight Terminal, speeds are givern in both Metric and Imperial units.

The use of SI units is mandated by law for the retail sale of food and other commodities, but most British people still use Imperial units in colloquial discussion of distance (miles) and speed (miles per hour). This has also led to some slightly strange measures of common items; 568 millilitres containers of milk or 454 gramme bags of flour are commonly seen, being 1 pint and 1 pound respectively. Many people still measure their weight in stone and pounds, and height in feet and inches- but these must be converted to metric if recorded officially, for example by the Police. For example petrol is often quoted as being so much per gallon despite having been sold exclusively in litres for two decades. Likewise, fuel consumption for cars is still quoted in Miles per Gallon without exception. Fahrenheit equivalents are often given after the Celsius in weather forecasts.


robert.ettinger.com
 
2006-12-02 05:43:49 PM  
Or to be more brief, we still measure distance in miles.
 
2006-12-02 05:46:59 PM  
Great Caeser's Beer,

Thanks for the post. Especially the third paragraph. :)
 
2006-12-02 05:47:19 PM  
Seriously? 200 miles? I get nervous that I missed my exit after like ten minutes.
 
432
2006-12-02 05:48:05 PM  
www.alexross.com
 
2006-12-02 05:49:58 PM  
Gosling

Free Republic. An extremely far-right blog.

It's only an extremely far-right "blog" to any extreme liberal.

It's a conservative website not a blog.
 
2006-12-02 05:57:34 PM  
Duke sucks. (Just thought I'd say duke sucks because people like to make the joke that duke sucks, even though that sometimes they don't suck, but it's really funny if I say it)
 
2006-12-02 06:06:50 PM  
You realize, of course, that the term "Ambulance Driver" is not only severely out of date, but many paramedics/EMTs find it offensive. Just so you know.

I think any idiot prehospital provider who turns a 20 minute ride into an 8 hour ride deserves the title "ambulance driver."

/I'm an EMT-Basic
//In all honestly, EMT-Basic=120 hours of training=not exactly a highly trained professional=ambulance driver, but I don't know UK's EMS system or levels.
 
2006-12-02 06:13:27 PM  
555-FILK

You are correct, it is not a blog. But it can be accurately described as an extremely far-right news filter.

It can also be described as extremely retarded bay anyone who isn't extremely far-right.
 
2006-12-02 06:14:51 PM  
Heh, bay = by :)
 
zz9
2006-12-02 06:18:12 PM  
Why are distances listed in miles and not kilometres, timesonline.co.uk?

No one in the UK would ever, EVER, use kilometers for distance or KMH for speed. EVER.

I emailed the National Gergraphic channel a while ago because all their documentaries shown here talk about planes doing "800 KMH at ten thousand metres" and I have to work out what that is in MPH and feet. Bastards never replied.

Some people use cetergrade and some use fareheit, I'd say it's 50/50.

Milk and stuff is sold in litres but everyone still says pint. Beer is still in pints in pubs but sold in bottles measured in millilitres.

The idea of a country using a mixture is nothing strange. Even many Americans talk about their car having a "two litre" engine.
 
2006-12-02 06:25:52 PM  
"No one in the UK would ever, EVER, use kilometers for distance or KMH for speed. EVER."

I do. Basically it's easier once you get used to it - easier to convert -

I mean, how many feet are there in say 5 miles anyway? I have no idea.

And I think by now everyone knows what a metre is, and that its about 3 feet, so surely its time to dump the dual figures in news articles -

Just quote the figures the way they were measured.
 
2006-12-02 06:29:42 PM  
zz9: Some people use cetergrade and some use fareheit, I'd say it's 50/50.

For people of my generation - late thirties - it's quite common to refer to low temperatures in Celsius and warm ones in Fahrenheit.
 
2006-12-02 06:32:03 PM  
Dave L: "No one in the UK would ever, EVER, use kilometers for distance or KMH for speed. EVER."

I do. Basically it's easier once you get used to it - easier to convert -

I mean, how many feet are there in say 5 miles anyway? I have no idea.



How often does the feet/miles, metres/kilometres conversion come up in your life? Anyway, all the road signs are in miles, and that ain't going to change anytime soon.
 
2006-12-02 06:33:16 PM  
I thought Free Republic was for "grass roots conservativism," i.e., that the middle class should be victimized to make the wealthy even wealthier. Because, you know, most freepers are so fabulously wealthy (and educated!! ;D).
 
cj_
2006-12-02 06:51:35 PM  
lol free republic.
 
2006-12-02 06:55:41 PM  
Ha! I used to live in Brentwood Essex.

Everything is pretty well posted. Heck, even the SECRET NUCLEAR BUNKER is well posted!!

russelldavies.typepad.com
 
2006-12-02 07:10:40 PM  
Fark you up the arse, subby. Enjoy your shorter life-expectancy and third-world child mortality level.
 
2006-12-02 07:24:00 PM  
Free Republic is a great place to browse if you haven't gotten enough racism or xenophobia in your normal daily browsing.
 
2006-12-02 08:24:23 PM  
WTF? I mean, really WTF!!!!

You're a professional driver in Ilford, you tap in "Brentford" and it say "200 miles", and you just go right ahead?
 
2006-12-02 08:58:22 PM  
Isn't 200 miles like 4 times across the UK?

I suspect the navigation issue is tied to farming out their technology manufacture and support to more eastern climes. They keyed in hospital and it was am been giving them directions to "Bob's" cousin's curry house -- and how is the weather there?
 
2006-12-02 11:34:13 PM  
A) "Third world child mortality level?" What the fark are you talking about?

B) Are you honestly such a moron that you didn't catch the irony in the headline, or maybe figure out that he probably wasn't actually connecting poor navigational skills to the financial structure of the health care system?
 
2006-12-03 01:14:25 AM  
It's not fun seeing an engine idling in the firehouse parking lot while 6 firefighters are frantically looking through maps trying to figure-out where the fark "huntersfield" road is.

Yet another reason I hate those neighborhoods with the curvy roads and nondescript names. My aunt lives in one of those farkups. Damm near impossible to give directions to get to her place for Thanksgiving. Many years ago they figured out that straight roads and numbered streets where in everybodys interest. Nowadays we lay streets like drunken hamsters because some people think it looks nicer.

I would NOT want to be at one of those places and try to have an ambulance find where the heck I was. If I say I am at 1423 42nd Street South they have a good idea where to go. If I say 1423 Oak Lane, you are gona need a map unless you know the area VERY well.
 
2006-12-03 01:45:52 AM  
 
2006-12-03 01:45:57 AM  
Private, for profit healthcare never kills anyone.

Socialised medicine cracks?

The government should give me paved roads and take care of me when I get sick and take out the garbage. Other than that, it serves no purpose.

All it does it take money and hire more administrators. Politicians are welfare bums.
 
2006-12-03 03:44:04 AM  
painendstheass: Did you actually read that article or did you just cherry-pick facts from the first paragraph and use it to bash the US?
 
2006-12-03 11:33:17 AM  
Must be related to Wrong Way Corrigan. ;-)
 
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