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Wakefield paramedic struck off for sex with suicidal patient

A paramedic who had sex with a suicidal patient has been struck off.

Ian Denman, from Wakefield, had "sexual relations" with the woman after being called to her home in 2012.

Mr Denman, who maintains he was molested by the woman, was struck off following a Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) hearing.

The HCPC said the experienced paramedic's behaviour was "fundamentally at odds with that expected of a practitioner".

The hearing was told police attended the woman's home on 8 July, 2012, after she rang 999 in a "distressed and suicidal state".

When rapid responder Mr Denman arrived, at the request of the police, the officers left the property.

The police were later contacted by the woman, referred to as Patient A, alleging she had been sexually assaulted by Mr Denman, though she later said the sexual relations had been consensual.

However, Mr Denman, who had been a paramedic for 26 years, claimed he had been sexual assaulted by the Patient A.

'Only proportionate sanction'

The HCPC said, on the basis of subsequent interviews, the patient's account was "more believable and consistent", while Mr Denman's was "at times contradictory and inconsistent".

It said: "On the evidence of both Patient A and the registrant this occurred and so this allegation is found proved."

On ordering Mr Denman be removed form the register the HCPC said: "The panel considered the registrant's behaviour as fundamentally at odds with that expected of a practitioner and his subsequent denial and placing of blame on the patient so unsustainable that only a striking off order is the proportionate sanction in this instance."

Mr Denman did not attend the hearing but, in a 22-page email sent to the HCPC, maintained he had been sexually assaulted by the woman.

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said Mr Denman had been suspended from duty once the allegation was made and later dismissed following an internal investigation.

He said Mr Denman's conduct had "fallen far below the standards of professionalism expected of an employee of the trust".

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