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East of England paramedic struck off for dishonesty

A "dishonest" East of England paramedic has been struck off.

The Health Professions Council (HPC) said for more than five years Ian Best drove trust vehicles without holding the required category of licence.

It also found Mr Best had failed to assess a patient while working for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Mr Best was not present and not represented at the London hearing. The trust was not available for comment.

A panel of the HPC conduct and competence committee heard how Mr Best failed to obtain the appropriate categories on his driving licence within 12 months of his technician training, as stipulated in his employment terms.

'Not naive'

It found that between August 2003 and December 2008, he drove trust vehicles without the proper licence.

The panel further heard that Mr Best attended the home of a patient and did not take a response bag with him when he entered the patient's home.

He did not undertake a physical examination of the patient, did not carry out any clinical observations and did not complete a clinical report form.

The panel chair, Dr Alexander Yule, said: "The panel find dishonesty in the registrant's actions and have not accepted his behaviour as naive.

"Clearly, there was a risk to the public that if a road traffic accident had occurred when the registrant was driving these vehicles that insurance difficulties could have ensued.

"In addition, the registrant has demonstrated no insight into the possible consequences of his misconduct."

The panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Mr Best from the register with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period.

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