Paramedic was sexually inappropriate in front of staff and patients

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A paramedic who was suspended after he made sexually inappropriate comments in front of patients and colleagues has been branded a risk to public.

Richard Senior, who worked for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust based at Dewsbury Ambulance Station, was suspended for 12 months for making the remarks towards other members of staff and in front of patients.

He said a female colleague should take part in a “foursome” with him, showed a photograph of himself engaged in a sex act to a colleague and bragged about his sexual conquests in front of patients.

A review hearing by the Health and Care Professions Council, which he did not attend, found he had not significantly changed his attitude and was ordered to register with a supervisor at any new place of work. He also must not work as a lone responder.

The report stated he signed off an email that was supposed to reflect on his previous behaviour with: “Nothing to fear but fear itself so live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse.”

The report read: “This, at the end of a reflective piece, did undermine the registrant’s assertions of a meaningful change in attitude.

“With this in mind, the panel is left with insufficient evidence to be satisfied that the public would be protected if the registrant was to be permitted to return to unrestricted practice.

“The panel considered that, in the absence of evidence of the registrant having developed sufficient insight into his failings and taken action to remedy these failings, there is a risk to the public.”

It said the risk of the behaviour being repeated but that the order, which will last 18 months, was imposed to protect patients, uphold proper standards of behaviour and maintain public confidence in the profession.