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February 21, 2014

Medic banned for letting ambulance run out of gas

He stopped to fill up on the way to an emergency call, causing a 20 minute delay

BBC News

IRELAND — A Northern Ireland paramedic has been struck off for allowing an ambulance to run out of fuel on an emergency call. 

A Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) panel heard David Hope did not take action when a trainee told him the ambulance had only one-quarter of a tank of fuel. The ambulance stopped on the way to the call, causing a delay of 20 minutes while another ambulance responded. Hope then asked a technician to say the vehicle had stopped due to dirty fuel.

The paramedic, who had 34 years of experience, can reapply to the HCPC register in five years. An interim suspension has been put in place to cover any planned appeal.

Read full storyParamedic struck off over empty tank

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