Paramedic suspended for 12 months over 999 call snub
A paramedic who refused to answer a 999 call to help a woman believed to be pregnant because he was near the end of his shift has been suspended for 12 months.
Edmund Daly was given the punishment for refusing to go to the aid of the 43-year-old, who was vomiting and feeling dizzy, saying it was "dangerous" to respond to the early-morning emergency because his crew were "very tired".
The experienced paramedic had worked for more than 11 hours without a break and he wanted to "finish his shift on time", a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) hearing was told this week.
The HCPC panel chairman Julian Weinberg said that Daly, a London Ambulance Service team leader at the time of the 2013 incident, was being suspended from its register for misconduct that "seriously undermines public confidence in the profession".
Mr Weinberg said: "As a paramedic and as a team leader, he failed to make service users his main concern. (Daly) has also not demonstrated any remorse for his actions and such misconduct seriously undermines public confidence in the profession. However, the panel has taken into account that this was an isolated incident in the registrant's 30-year unblemished history of service as a paramedic and that it occurred after an 11-hour shift without a rest break."
The hearing was told that Daly's actions resulted in the woman waiting for about 90 minutes before she was taken to hospital.