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Ambulance staff who refused to help asylum seeker suspended

Published måndag 25 mars 2013 kl 15.35
The 16-year old jumped from a second floor window. Photo Gusten Holm/Swedish Radio

Ambulance staff who refused to take a young asylum seeker to hospital have been suspended from their job by Gävle county council, reports news agency TT.

On Friday, the 16-year-old jumped from a window after his application to stay in Sweden was rejected.

One of the waiting ambulance staff is reported by newspaper Arbetarbladet to have said "let him jump, he's only a refugee."

The event came to light after the ambulance staff involved were criticised by the police officer who tried to stop the boy from jumping.

The director of the county council, Svante Lönnbark, said at a news conference on Monday that the staff had been suspended for "completely unacceptable behaviour that goes against our values".

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