Two ‘incompetent’ Paramedics Struck off After They Told Dying Woman Who was Having Serious Breathing Difficulties That She ‘Had a Stomach Bug’

Two ‘incompetent’ Paramedics Struck off After They Told Dying Woman Who was Having Serious Breathing Difficulties That She ‘Had a Stomach Bug’

Two ‘incompetent’ Paramedics Struck off After They Told Dying Woman Who was Having Serious Breathing Difficulties That she ‘had a stomach bug’
Two paramedics have been struck off after they refused to take a 30-year-old woman who was dying to hospital telling her instead that she was suffering with a ‘tummy bug.’
Hours later Sarah Thomas died..
One of the paramedics David Glover told her that she had a stomach bug despite her barely being conscious and suffering from severe breathing problems.
The inquest into her death found that Miss Thomas would have survived if she had been taken to hospital and given a simple injection.
During the disciplinary hearing that followed it was discovered that Glover and his colleague Michael Davies then attempted to clean it up by fabricating Miss Thomas’ medical records.
The pair were then banned from working as paramedics by a disciplinary panel of the Health and Care Professions Council.
Panel chair Ian Crookall said: ‘The public would be appalled at the lack of competence.’
‘The facts of the case would undermine public confidence in the profession in the eyes of any member of the public who was aware of the circumstances.’
He continued: ‘When there is a case of proven dishonesty it is necessary to uphold regulatory standards by demonstrating that such behaviour is not acceptable.’
Miss Thomas was visited by the two paramedics in her home in Port Talbot South Wales after she made a 999 call.
A Health and Care Professions Council hearing was told how Glover failed to check her vital signs including pulse rate breathing and blood oxygenation.
Miss Thomas suffered from diabetes and her pituitary gland had been removed following for an operation to remove a brain tumour.
The panel was told that that Glover failed to ask Miss Thomas appropriate questions about her prior medical history before she died in May 2007.
He said to her: ‘You just have a stomach bug. You are better off here Sarah this is the best place for you.’ Sarah died six hours later of adrenal insufficiency when her body stopped making the necessary steroid hormones.
Glover and Davis who worked for the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust at the time then ‘concluded to fabricate a patient record.’
The pair attempted to fabricate the records by adding information to the records which they obtained later from another paramedic to try and cover up their failures.
Mr Crookall said: ‘The panel was of the view that the established failure to conduct a proper assessment.
‘The subsequent dishonest fabrication and collusion are very serious representing a disregard for fundamental and core duties.’
‘It had the potential of causing very significant degree of harm – including death.’
The inquest in February this year was told that Miss Thomas was fighting the after-effects of a brain tumour when she made the 999 call.
Coroner Phillip Rogers said: ‘There were serious failings in the way in which the crew went about their assessment and recording her condition that night.’ He continued: ‘If Sarah had been taken to hospital it was likely she would have received intravenous hydrocortisone injections and fluids and her death not have occurred.
But given the crew’s lack of knowledge and the rarity of Sarah’s condition this cannot be labelled as gross failings.’

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