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Paramedic guilty of misconduct

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A health professional panel has found paramedic Andrew Davies guilty of misconduct for failing to go to the aid of a man with health difficulties in June 2012. The Health and Care Professions Council panel heard how Davies had stood by and watched while Mr Carl Cope, 47, took ill in Walsall Manor Hospital car park. Mr Cope later died of a heart attack. Four further members of clinical staff were also charged with failure to care for a patient in need. West Midlands Ambulance Service, Davies’ employer, had dismissed the worker for gross misconduct following the incident on 23 June 2012. The panel ruled that he should now be struck off from the HCPC register.

“likelihood of repetition of the misconduct”

Naseem Malik, Chairman of the panel, said: “Mr Davies’ failure to act was conduct falling far below that expected by the public, his profession, and fellow practitioners”. Mr Malik went on to state that he felt Davies had shown insufficient meaningful insight into the outcome of his actions. He said that because of this, there “remains a likelihood of repetition of the misconduct”.

One of the other paramedics present, 36-year-old Matthew Geary of Great Wyrley in Staffordshire, admitted failing to aid Mr Cope at a hearing in February of last year, and was given an eight-month suspended jail term. It was heard that Geary looked on from his ambulance window while Mr Cope fought for his life. Both paramedics were caught on CCTV. Geary’s sentence was suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid labour.

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