An ambulance service has been forced to apologise after a TikTok video of medics dancing went viral, as it has been deemed ‘inappropriate’ under the current circumstances.
The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has released an apology after an ‘inappropriate’ TikTok video went viral, in which medic staff are shown dancing whilst carrying a dummy on a stretcher.
The NWAS has confirmed that the issue will be dealt with “internally” and the viral clip has now been deleted after staff members made the post, making it a popular funeral meme.
Despite the fact some deemed it wrong under the coronavirus pandemic, Twitter users have stated that staff are clearly “just blowing off steam” and that such a “mistake” doesn’t need any type of severe punishment.
In recent weeks, there have been several similar videos going viral in which a group of men are shown to be dancing with a coffin.
In this recreation of the popular meme, a paramedic in an ambulance shouts at a man to “take a seat” whilst he puts a mask on.
However, the man is then seen to be coughing and the paramedics turn to him and exchanged an alarmed look.
Electronic music plays in the background as the staff are filmed standing in a line with sunglasses on before they dance with a dummy on a stretcher.
The staff then give each other high fives and carry the dummy out of shot.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the video was captioned: “Caution. Morale boost imminent #COVID19 #coffindance #nhs”.
Before the video was removed from TikTok, it garnered over 40,000 views.
After the video was deleted, NWAS posted a statement on Twitter which admitted the video was “highly inappropriate”, especially during this difficult time and the matter was being dealt with “internally”.
The statement also confirmed that although filmed by the NWAS staff, the video was not made in Greater Manchester – it was not specified where it was filmed.
The full statement read: “We are aware of a TikTok video circulating on social media posted by a small group of our staff which shows them acting in an unprofessional manner.
“Although we appreciate that those involved did not mean to cause offence, this video is highly inappropriate and a clear breach of our social media policy.
“We apologise for any distress this has caused and we can assure you that we are taking this seriously and dealing with the matter internally.”
Despite making an apology, some Twitter users said there was no need.
In particular, one said: “They were blowing off steam.
“Pressure of the job has to have an outlet. They made a mistake granted, but unprofessional no – they carried that stretcher pretty well.
“This is not worthy of severe punishment.”
Another added: “Can we put a stop to anything that involves dancing or not health-related advice or messages about the good work you guys do.
“Unfortunately the younger generation are growing up likes it’s ok to disrespect your staff– same for police and fire.”
Whilst a third commented that it was “ill-thought-out” but that people in the video would already suffer enough as it was “going viral”.