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Don't disturb our work, warns Latvian emergency team

Over the weekend, medics from the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) went on a call where the patient refused medical assistance, and medical work was deliberately disrupted by other people, NMPD said Monday, August 17.

The call was received by an NMPD team in Riga during the night from Saturday to Sunday. The caller complained about health problems, but once the team arrived at the scene, there were other people who started filming, commenting, and in various ways offending and disturbing the team's work.

"Given that this patient refused medical examination, this event relates to a conflict situation which was also filmed and the team was attacked both verbally and physically. We recognized individual people who had previously engaged in spreading misleading video and information, and decided to turn to the police. We have obtained the information recorded in the video recorder that will be added and the team medics have also provided explanations. Let us pass all the information to the police," said Liene Cipule, head of the NMPD.

Staff and management of the NMPD have recognized the people present. Conflicts and verbal attacks on medics are not a rarity at the moment, but they stall real work. The NMPD have posted on Facebook, pleading 'Do not disturb our work!'

"Teams face such situations from time to time. Of course, recently these comments are quite pronounced. It is uncommon that the work of the brigades is being disrupted because we are going to calls where people have real health problems," said the head of the NMPD.

Cipule could not claim that this was a deliberately misleading call, but she said that calls without a cause are punishable and the NMPD would turn to the police. The State Police indicated that it had not yet received the complaint from the NMPD so they could not comment.

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