- Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:41 pm
Well, that was the thing. Reading a bit more into it, it appeared that old mother Exeter had called the ambulance to take her from home to hospital for an appointment - something, frankly, that a neighbour or taxi could do. They explained that emergency calls had to take priority and they'd get round to her when they could.
Which seems fair to me. When I was burgled a few years ago, the police said that they'd take about 2 hours to arrive - the house had been burgled when we were away for the weekend, the damage was done, the burglars wouldn't be coming back, take the time to call a locksmith, make the house secure and compile an inventory of what had been taken. They later explained that if we'd called in the middle of the night saying someone was breaking in right then, we'd have got the full rapid response team treatment. It's about limited resources and urgency.
Factor in projection and wish fulfilment on the part of the journalists covering this too. Young man living in London drops everything to look after his old mum in the sticks. Where do most journalists work? Where do their parents live?
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