** UK medic suspended after using excessive force with drunk patient
UNITED KINGDOM NEWS
** A Liverpool paramedic has been barred from practicing for 6 months after the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) found he used excessive force with a drunk patient. The Liverpool Echo (Joshua Taylor/November 21) said Adrian Penfold-Ivany, 46, was given the decision after CCTV recorded him in January apparently tossing the man on the floor. He then allegedly tried to drag him from the emergency department. Penfold-Ivany said he took the action after noting a nearby elderly woman felt threatened by the patient’s erratic behaviour. According to the newspaper, the man’s verbal abuse precipitated the take down, as did his putting his arm around an older lady. Penfold-Ivany was suspended and then fired over the incident. He said he used excessive force because he was being extra vigilant following a previous assault by a patient who was high on cocaine.