I have written my view on ‘live’ TV shows involving ambulance services and how the push to put everything on social media risks breaching professional and legal obligations of paramedics – see
- Breaching patient privacy to tell a good news story (February 1, 2020);
- Posting on social media by police – and others (February 2, 2019);
- How are reality ambulance shows legal? (Updated) (October 9, 2018).
Now these articles from Sacramento, California also make the claim that these types of shows are inappropriate:
“These shows are exploitative …Certainly when you call 911 in a moment of distress or have an emergency, you don’t expect a film crew to be coming to film you or your family member, child or loved one. It’s trauma porn.”
- Theresa Clift and Molly Sullivan ‘Live Rescue’ films Sacramento residents drunk, injured and distressed. Is it exploitation?‘ Sacramento Bee (February 3, 2020); and
- Theresa Clift ‘Following Bee report, Sacramento councilman seeks to pull out of ‘Live Rescue’ reality show‘ Sacramento Bee (February 4, 2020 (republished by EMS1 as ‘City councilman calls for Sacramento department to pull out of ‘Live Rescue’ TV show’).
Now that you’ve well established the wrong they are doing, whose duty is it to challenge the JAS in their unrelenting exploitation of patients?
I suppose a patient who feels aggrieved, perhaps a paramedic who stands up to their employer or even the paramedicine board.
I personally would suggest that an officer of the Supreme Court who owes their paramount duty to the administration of justice etc and furthermore represents the wider interests of the industry on various boards and committees should perhaps not stand by as this continues to occur on a daily basis. I don’t believe it to be ethical to wait until a patient realises they have been exploited or a paramedic stands up to the service … which always works out well for them as we know.
Good point but I’m not sure that the person you describe would have standing and wouldn’t have the details to be able to make a complaint. More importantly the Paramedicine Board can only deal with paramedics not their employer and that is really where the issue lies. A person such as you describe probably doesn’t want to get into the business of lodging complaints against individual paramedics.