To the Editor:
On July 13, in the early hours of the morning, a young man from Wallowa suffered serious injury in a motor vehicle accident between the towns of Lostine and Wallowa. As the young gentleman ended up in the cold water of the irrigation ditch, he suffered from temperature issues as he waited for assistance.
The Wallowa Ambulance was not dispatched, so no blankets or warming instruments were at hand, and he had to wait for the ambulance from Enterprise.
The sheriffs deputy on duty was very upset that no ambulance from Wallowa was dispatched. When dispatch was contacted to see why this oversight had happened, indeed, the EMT on the Enterprise ambulance had asked that no ambulance from Wallowa be dispatched, responding that we will decide which ambulance will be dispatched.
I would ask Wallowa Memorial Hospital where concern for patient care lies in this decision and ask the hospital board to intervene with this employee to instruct him on the absolute need to place patient welfare first, ahead of politics.
Emergency services is no place for personal power plays or game playing of any kind.
The hospital could face liability issues should this kind of service continue.