Paramedic faces boot after refusing 999 calls to heart victim

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A SCOTS paramedic faces the boot after he refused to answer two emergency 999 calls.

However William Munro, from Glasgow, blamed stress of the job after being chased by a Samurai wielding patient and confronted by a knife wielding thug on two separate occasions.William Munro

But a panel decided yesterday that was no excuse for his refusals to attend to the two emergencies involving pensioners, one of whom was suffering chest pain and the other breathing difficulties.

Mr Munro was working single-manned on April 24 2006 when he refused to attend to two elderly patients.

The first call involved an 82-year-old woman who was experiencing breathing difficulties.

The second involved a 70-year-old man with chest pains.

Munro blamed post traumatic stress disorder on his refusals after it emerged he had been confronted by two patients in the previous six months who were carrying weapons.

The Glaswegian worker appeared in person in front of a conduct and competence committee of the Health Professions Council in Edinburgh today. Continue reading

Alex Salmond praises Labour leadership – just not Gordon Brown

By SHAUN MILNE

SNP leader Alex Salmond was in Gordon Brown’s back-yard today(Tues) lavishing praise on the Labour leadership – just not the beleaguered Prime Minister’s.

The First Minister was in Kirkcaldy for the official opening of the John Smith Business Park, a new 100,000 square foot area of office space to attract inward investment and create as many as 4000 new jobs.

BOOST: Alex Salmond

BOOST: Alex Salmond

During the ceremony Mr Salmond paid tribute to the Scot and former Labour leader who many people still regard as being the greatest Prime Minister Britain never had.

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He said: “John Smith made an outstanding contribution to the political and cultural life of Scotland.

“Today we have an opportunity to make sure that he continues to be a part of Scotland’s development, by dedicating this commercial centre to him.”

With premier Gordon Brown still battered and bruised from Labour’s internal squabbling and being routed in the Polls after months of disquiet over expenses and the credit crunch, the SNP leader couldn’t resist making political capital out of the visit to Fife. Continue reading

Check out Tesco Personal Banking’s new Edinburgh HQ

By SHAUN MILNE

EDINBURGH’S recession hit financial district will get a shot in the arm tomorrow (wed) when a new banking HQ expected to house some 450 workers over the next 12-months is officially opened.

First Minister Alex Salmond is scheduled to perform the ceremony at the new Tesco Personal Finance offices in Haymarket.

He will be greeted there by Tesco PLC chief executive Sir Terry Leahy and Benny Higgins, chairman of Tesco Personal Finance. Continue reading

Swine flu toddler symptoms mystery to West Lothian mum

By SHAUN MILNE

THE MUM of one Scotland’s youngest ever swine flu victims says she is baffled as to how her tot could have caught it.

Elaine Wallace, 36, from Livingston, West Lothian, was left stunned when docs told her son Scott was infected.

The tot – who has just turned two while in quarantine – was diagnosed three days after being tested.

And she fears the only way he might have picked up the infection was on a visit to hospital.

She said: “It’s all a bit of a mystery.” Continue reading

Final farewells for tragic forklift crush victim George Hardie

By SHAUN MILNE

THE FUNERAL of a man crushed to death by a forklift truck at a meat factory a week before he was due to go on holiday will take place tomorrow (wed).

George Hardie, 60, was struck by a forklift as he worked in the yard of Halls of Broxburn last Tuesday afternoon.

Paramedics fought to save the popular 60-year-old as he lay trapped under the machine, but their attempts were in vain.Hall's Meat factory

A full investigation has been launched by Health and Safety chiefs.

Mr Hardie’s funeral service will take place at Limefield Church, West Calder, at 11.15am before moving onto Adambrae Cemetery in Livingston at Noon.

The popular worker, from Livingston village, is survived by wife Anne and family Stuart, Jim and Jill.

Dougray Scott in Edinburgh for New Town Killers thriller

By SHAUN MILNE

HOLLYWOOD hunk Dougray Scott will attend the Gala premiere of his latest film New Town Killers in Edinburgh on Thursday.

He is expected to be joined by his actress wife Claire Forlani for the event at the Omni Vue Cinema in the city’s Greenside Place.

Director Richard Jobson and star James Anthony Pearson will also attend and take part in a question and answer session afterwards.

Scott, a Hibs fan from Glenrothes, Fife, stars as one of two Edinburgh bankers who play a 12 hour game of hunt, hide and seek with kids from the margins of society.

After the show cast and crew are expected to attend a private launch party in the city.

City schools set for the scrapheap

By Michael MacLeod

FOUR Scots primary schools are set to shut amid falling pupil numbers.

In a cost-cutting drive, Edinburgh’s education bosses want to close Burdiehouse, Drumbrae, Fort and Royston primaries.

Each school could hold over 300 pupils each, but in fact presently only contain less than 150 youngsters.

Edinburgh City Council stands to make £2.4million by scrapping and selling the four sites.

They blamed the falling rolls on “parental choice and population changes in catchment areas.”
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