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Paramedic who refused to help sick woman because crew were 'too tired' is suspended

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.

Edmund Daly refused to help the 43-year-old woman, even though she was vomiting and feeling dizzy. He said it was dangerous to respond to the because his crew were "very tired".

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A Health and Care Professions Council hearing was told ow the paramedic worked for more than 11 hours without a break and wanted to "finish his shift on time".

Panel chairman Julian Weinberg said that Daly was being suspended from its register for misconduct that "seriously undermines public confidence in the profession".

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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.

– Julian Weinberg

Daly's actions in May 2013 meant the woman was forced to wait 90 minutes before she was taken to hospital.

The ambulance controller told the hearing she was disappointed at his behaviour, saying it was a "bonus" for paramedics to finish their shifts on time and they were expected to work late when necessary.

The crews all know getting off on time is a bonus.

If it happens it happens, and if an emergency call comes in it's a late shift. It is not a guaranteed nine to five job.

– Patricia Smith, ambulance controller