I am angry! No, not really angry. More frustrated than angry, to be honest. I've been shouting at the TV for the last 30 minutes. Fortunately, I like my TV too much to throw anything at it.
So, what programme has insensed me so much? Well, MrsRRD and I sat down to watch "Emergency" with Angela Griffin. This is an excellent programme, where the star of Waterloo Road follows the ambulance crews of the West Midlands, and does a damn good job of portraying the highs and lows of the work the crews do.
This evening's programme, recorded a few weeks ago, had good old Angela shadowing the CARE team as they went about their business. The CARE team are a group of volunteer doctors, nurses and paramedics, who are called by the ambulance service to provide more advanced medical care to the victims of serious accidents and assaults, and to patients with severe, life threatening illness, at the roadside or in their own homes. Sound familiar? Yep, CARE is the West Midlands arm of BASICS, just like BASICS-London are the London group. It's just that our name leaves nothing to the imagination, as to who we really are.
So, what great publicity for BASICS. You'd have thought, wouldn't you? But, despite the BASICS logo, and the word BASICS being visible on all of the team's jackets, BASICS wasn't mentioned. Not even once. So, folks, according to this programme, the CARE team are unique. No-one else like them in the country. All that possible publicity for BASICS, all gone to waste. Not a dickey-bird.
Well, dear Constant Reader, you know who the BASICS team are. There's probably one in your neighbourhood. They may be called CARE, or MAGPAS, perhaps LIVES or SAVES, maybe even BEARS or NARS. But, whatever they are called, they are all BASICS doctors, nurses and paramedics. They are sitting at home right now, probably thinking about tucking themselves in for the night, all knowing that their sleep may be interupted tonight, at 3am, when someone goes off the road, or is stabbed, or falls off a roof.
Remember us, and please, spread the word!
11 months ago