Chopped Liver – Mad World

I’m indebted to Pat Tester for this story that appeared on the wires today.

By the way, do I or do I not sound like an experienced TV presenter there? Older viewers may well be thinking of the sanctimonious old geek wot sat on t’armchair of That’s Life. “Ha ha, indeed Esther, and I’m indebted to a Mrs. Pegwhistle for sending me this picture of an odd-looking parsnip – phnaar phnaar”!

No but this story is quite remarkable – here it is…

An ambulance driver who was clocked doing 112mph while delivering a liver for a life-saving operation could lose his licence and, as a result, his job.

Despite having his blue lights on, and he was answering an emergency call, he was flashed by a speed camera in Lincolnshire.

Apparently, there is a loophole in the law that means he could be prosecuted as he was not carrying a patient at the time.

“An ambulance is defined as a vehicle constructed or adapted for the purpose of conveying sick, injured or disabled persons,” the driver said.

But – a liver is none of these things. This law, which was passed over 60 years ago did not take into account that “live” organs may one day be required to be transported at speed in order to save the life of a needy person.

Just what is the orange wrapping for anyway?


One way round this, of course, would have been for the ambulance driver to have run someone over en route, and taken the injured party to the hospital that required the liver – I reckon if he’d have caught the guy on the fibula, with one clean break, he could be up and running, and playing football again in, oh i dunno, say 2 or 3 months? And the liver guy would be fit enough to go visit him with a bunch of grapes, a bottle of Lucozade and a crossword magazine.

By the way – is it illegal to drink Lucozade outside of a hospital ward? I’ve certainly never seen it done.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.

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