Paramedics Struck Off For Failing To Assess A Patient And Subsequent Dishonesty
26th December 2013
Two paramedics have been struck off the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register this week for fabricating a patient’s records and failing to assess a patient properly.
The Conduct and Competence Committee panel heard that David Glover had failed to check Sarah Thomas’ blood oxygenation levels, breaching and pulse, and failed to ask proper questions about her medical history. Although Ms Thomas complained that she was finding it difficult to breathe, Mr Glover said she had a stomach bug. She died of adrenal insufficiency a few hours later.
Later, Mr Glover and Michael Davies attempted to cover up their failures by fabricating the patient’s car record and adding information that they had learned about at a later stage.
Chair of the panel Ian Crookall said that these failings had the potential to cause serious harm to the patient, including her death. The seriousness of the failures and subsequent dishonesty have impaired both paramedic’s fitness to practice, he added.
The panel determined that the most appropriate sanction it could give Mr Davies and Mr Glover would be to strike them from the Register, with the appeal period covered with Interim Suspension Orders.
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