July 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
A paramedic’s application to be removed from the register of health officials has been approved, nearly four years after an incident involving a waitress at a restaurant while on duty.
Nigel Webb worked for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust when, in June 2010, he rubbed up against the woman while on standby, waiting to take on emergency calls at the Little Chef restaurant on the A17 near King’s Lynn.
He denied all the charges against him at a hearing at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in October 2012, which he did not attend.
The panel suspended Mr Webb for 12 months after finding he told the waitress he was a naturist, and “rubbed up against her in an isolated toilet area of the restaurant”, and partially removed his trousers to show he had no sun-tan lines, although he was careful not to reveal his genitalia.
Mr Webb left the ambulance service in 2012, and an HCPC Conduct and Competence Voluntary Removal Agreement hearing was convened on April 25, 2014, to consider a request from Mr Webb that he be removed from its register.
The hearing heard he had signed the necessary documentation, and the panel agreed to the voluntary removal agreement.
It said it “regards this process as providing the most effective protection in respect of both the public and the reputation of the profession. In effect, the panel notes that this course provides the same protection as a striking-off order would”.
An ambulance service spokesman said: “No one else was involved in the investigation.
“All of our paramedic staff, as those in the paramedic profession nationally, are expected to abide by the Health and Care Professions Council standards of conduct, performance, and ethics at all times.”