East of England Ambulance paramedic struck off for posting photos of patients at crash scenes on Facebook in attempt to attract more people to online jewellery business
PUBLISHED: 19:32 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:22 22 June 2017
A paramedic from Essex who posted pictures on Instagram of incidents he attended to draw people onto his online jewellery store has been struck off.
Simon Williams, from Clacton, was suspended for 12 months in June last year by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) on the grounds of misconduct while employed by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
However, an HCPC panel has now decided to take his name off the register entirely describing him as presenting a “continued risk to the public if he is allowed to practice in the future”.
Williams was neither present nor represented at the hearing on Wednesday, June 14.
The paramedic, who had worked at the ambulance trust for 11 years, posted various photographs on social media including pictures of car crash scenes with comments such as “got to laugh sometimes” and “no-one died at this one”.
One photograph had shown a patient being fitted with a stent following a heart attack. Another showed a pool of blood with the comment “bloodbath” and details of the location and the diagnosis, age and sex of the patient.
Last year’s HCPC conduct and competence hearing had heard that Williams had posted the pictures in December 2014 in an attempt to attract more people to his online jewellery business.
The ambulance trust launched disciplinary proceedings with Williams after it was made aware of his actions by a Twitter user.
The trust then referred the matter to the HCPC.
Williams had said during an interview with the trust that he had not thought of the consequences of his actions at the time he posted the images.
Following last week’s hearing, Ian Comfort, panel chairman, said: “There has been an ongoing failure to address the issues which gave rise to the suspension order.
“There is a complete lack of evidence of any type of remediation, reflection and insight on the part of the Mr Williams.
“In all of these circumstances, he presents a continuing risk to the public if he is allowed to practise in the future.”
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “We investigated the case fully when allegations came to light. We suspended him on the grounds of gross misconduct in January 2015.”