** UK medic gets lifetime ban on practicing EMS after being struck off for indecent behaviour towards female colleagues
** Nevada air ambulance lost power after take-off, crash investigators say of fatal accident
UNITED KINGDOM NEWS
** A Bristol paramedic has had his EMS licence yanked for life after being found guilty of indecent and lecherous behaviour towards four female colleagues. That is the word from The Daily Mail (Matt Hunter/December 2) which said South Western Ambulance Service medic Dean Mahony, 41, was struck off after being found guilty of 12 separate charges of professional misconduct. Along with eyeing a female practitioner up and down in an exaggerated fashion, Mahony also apparently said one woman could gain promotion if she slept with him. In another instance, he falsely claimed to have had sex with two female practitioners. Mahony, who has worked EMS for 14 years, has also been the subject of a separate police investigation in which he allegedly sexually assaulted a female estate agent. He denied the claims and the case is no longer under investigation. He has not worked for the service since September 2014 when he resigned after an internal investigation into his conduct commenced.
UNITED STATES NEWS
** A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board into the November 18th fatal air ambulance crash in Elko, Nevada has found the aircraft lost power immediately after taking off. The Las Vegas Review Journal (December 1) said the twin engine Piper Cheyenne II flight, which was bound for Salt Lake City, Utah, climbed for about a half a mile from the runway before seeming to stagnate. The plane then sharply banked left before plunging to the ground. An NTSB spokesman said the resulting secondary explosions heard by bystanders were likely the result of on-board oxygen bottles being consumed. Weather has been determined to have not been a factor. Investigation involving the air frame and engines have not yet been completed. Along with paramedic Jake Shepherd, 24, the crash also killed flight nurse Tiffany Urresti, 29, and pilot Yuji Irie, 63.