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University of York launch investigation after freshers create an 'ambulance chart' in their kitchen


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The University of York has launched an investigation after a group of first year students boasted about the number of hospital trips they’ve taken and even made an “ambulance chart” which they pinned up in their kitchen. 

Images of the chart - which tallies the number of ambulance trips each person in the flat has taken - have surfaced online, leading to a public outcry.

Writing on social media, one outraged woman commented: "I know Ambulance staff and paramedics and they deserve more respect than this they are life savers not glorified taxis," while another person who studies at York said "I'm embarrassed to call this my uni".

By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England - South Western Ambulance VX09FYP, CC BY 2.0,

In their first nine days at the Russell Group university several members of the Halifax college flat received hospital treatment or a visit from an ambulance.

One ambulance was called after a drunk student dislocated his shoulder when he jumped off a 15ft wall, and when the student was taken to hospital he was surprised to find another of his flatmates was also there being treated for alcohol poisoning. 

The most recent incident that saw one of the freshers from the flat seeking medical attention came after a fight outside a nightclub. The male student involved needed emergency root canal surgery and lost a tooth.

Nathan, a law student who lives in the controversial flat, said:

"I don't remember what happened with my housemate, I just remember waking up the next day and asking what had happened with him. I saw him the morning after, with his black eye and his teeth with all the wiring.

"I started drinking at like 6pm that day, it was my birthday. By 11pm, I was in my room and then I was sick in my sink. I blocked it."

The students have been criticised for their ‘reckless antics’ and ‘bad attitude’ towards the emergency services, with one photo of three students posing and grinning next to the flat “ambulance chart” causing anger among many.

‘Unfortunately this attitude towards an ambulance being called is widespread. I'm often met by laughs at the doorstep,’ Birmingham paramedic Peter Bowles, who features in the BBC documentary Ambulance, wrote on Twitter.

Health services in York are currently over stretched and are struggling with a funding crisis, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs York Hospital, is on course to run out of money this month.

After being made aware of the freshers "ambulance chart" a University of York spokesman said:

“We are deeply concerned by the behaviour highlighted in the report, especially at a time when the NHS and Ambulance Service is under severe pressure.

“We have launched an investigation and the students involved have been called to a disciplinary meeting.

"We will continue to work with our Colleges and the Students' Union to ensure all our students are reminded of their responsibilities on and off campus. 

“We have a good relationship with partners across the city and initiatives include a river safety campaign and a NightSafe student volunteering project, all designed to alleviate pressure on the emergency services.

“The Students' Union also works closely with bars and clubs in the city encouraging responsible drinking.

"With the recent arrival of thousands of new students in York, the university has  teamed up with other agencies to provide first aid in the city centre, transport to campus and assistance for those needing to recuperate from a night out.

"We want our students to enjoy their time at York but in a safe and considerate manner."

Lead image courtesy of Arian Kriesch.


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