Tony Bleetman had, as a child, two dreams. To become a pilot, and to become a doctor. He achieved both; the latter thanks to the Israeli Defence Forces. After returning to the UK he became a BASICS Doctor, dashing to incidents in his old battered car with a blue flashing light and eventually becoming a consultant in Emergency Medicine, and Air Ambulance Doctor in his spare time.
Of course there are rivalries. Being the new kids on the block, and offering more than anyone they ruffle a few feathers amongst their traditional air and road ambulances, and the RAF Search and Rescue, winding up the police, getting into slagging matches with the Fire Service and landing in the middle of a maximum security prison, there are plenty of comments about the new ‘coyboys’. Fortunately a station manager who would do well in the Diplomatic Cops helps them out of a few sticky situations.
As we know, Air Ambulances in the UK are all run as charities. They are not the cheapest venture in the world either, so we are also introduced to the fine art of scrounging, begging and prostrating yourself for a buck or two. And it’s amazing what the crew of Helimed 999 will do to earn funds. Rattling tins, shaking hands and Iron Man competitions are all in a day’s work for this crew.
You Can’t Park There is in turns hilariously funny – and I mean laugh out loud and wake up your partner sleeping next to you funny, nail biting, gritty and heart warming. You can’t fail to marvel at the gung-ho attitude to flying, life saving and life living. If you have the slightest interest in Emergency Medicine then you will enjoy this book, if you have spent any time in the Emergency Services or Armed Forces you will love the humour.