Para­medic is struck off af­ter sex with 999 caller

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A MID­LAND para­medic has been struck off for hav­ing sex with a vul­ner­a­ble pa­tient af­ter he an­swered a 999 call at her home.

The Health and Care Pro­fes­sions Tri­bunal Ser­vice (HCPTS) con­ducted a hear­ing over the ac­tions of Trevor Fin­nerty.

The hear­ing con­cluded that the exWest Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (WMAS) em­ployee, from Nuneaton, who had a 30-year ca­reer in the emer­gency ser­vices, had sex with the wo­man, who has not been iden­ti­fied.

Mr Fin­nerty claimed he was “black­mailed” and duped into hav­ing sex with her.

But the hear­ing was told he had later texted the wo­man, say­ing “this is u friendly am­bu­lance ser­vice, how was u ser­vice”. The wo­man then called the po­lice.

The panel was told that the pa­tient had “se­ri­ous men­tal health is­sues” and on the night of the in­ci­dent, Fin­nerty was work­ing alone on a rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle.

In a state­ment to po­lice, Mr Fin­nerty said the wo­man had in­vited him into her bed­room dur­ing his visit.

He said he had re­fused but she then “threat­ened to tell his boss that he had done it any­way”, so he agreed to her de­mands “out of fear”.

How­ever, he also de­scribed the en­counter to po­lice as “quite erotic”.

The panel re­futed claims by Fin­nerty that he had not been sup­ported by his line man­ager at the time and dis­missed his claims that the blame lay with oth­ers.

In his writ­ten sub­mis­sion, he said that he re­garded him­self as the pri­mary vic­tim of the in­ci­dent.

He also said he had sought coun­selling and had kept him­self busy with church ac­tiv­i­ties.

But the panel said it was a “clear and com­pelling case of a de­plorable breach of pro­fes­sional bound­aries that fell well be­low the stan­dard that was to be ex­pected of a para­medic in the per­for­mance of his pro­fes­sional du­ties”.

The panel found him un­fit to prac­tise and struck him off the regis­ter with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

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