Ian Peate
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 1, Iss. 3, 01 Dec 2009, pp 93

Just like other health care professionals, paramedics are sometimes called to account for their actions and omissions. The role of the Health Professions Council (HPC) is to call into question any allegation made about a health professional that queries their fitness to practice in the UK by reason of misconduct or lack of competence. A number of cases come before the HPC that call into question a paramedicís competence and conduct. For example, a paramedic was stuck off the register at a professional misconduct hearing that went before the Conduct and Competence Committee in November of this year. The allegations concerned an incident in which a paramedic and an emergency medical technician comprised the crew of an ambulance which had attended a patient in cardiac arrest at a petrol station. The patient had been taken to hospital but was found to be dead on arrival.

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