Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Fuel case paramedic struck off

A paramedic did not take action when a trainee told him an ambulance had only a quarter of a tank of fuel

An experienced paramedic in Northern Ireland has been struck off for allowing an ambulance to run out of fuel during an emergency call.

David Hope, from the Larne ambulance station in Co Antrim, did not take action when a trainee told him the vehicle had only a quarter of a tank of fuel.

The ambulance stopped on the way to an emergency call, causing a delay of 20 minutes while another ambulance responded, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) said.

Hope then asked a vehicle technician to say it had stopped due to dirty fuel.

Nicola Bastin, from the HCPC, said: "The panel finds by the very nature of his misconduct that the registrant was impaired at the time as he acted dishonestly and failed to properly supervise a junior colleague.

"His actions caused a delay in a patient being treated and therefore had the potential to cause patient harm.

"At the time he had served 34 years as a paramedic and should have been fully aware of what was required of him."

Ms Bastin chaired a panel which heard the case against Hope in Belfast earlier this month.

"Given the particular nature of the registrant's misconduct, especially the dishonesty found, the need to uphold proper professional standards and maintain public confidence in the profession would be seriously undermined if a finding of impairment were not made," she added.

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