'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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A controversial redeployment plan that would leave D.C. ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours will not take effect until next year at the soonest, as stakeholders consider the benefits of a proposal that national authorities are calling everything from "innovative" to "unconscionable."
Scores of the District's paramedics failed to meet the minimum national standard on written exams or mishandled basic life-saving procedures during videotaped assessments, according to a Washington Times investigation.
Mr. Werfel, asked what expectation should be associated with a working paramedic taking a national registry test, said: "One would expect they should pass it."
He said differences in protocols between jurisdictions did not explain the poor performance in the videos.