** UK paramedic sacked for inappropriate relationship with patient
** 2 Texas paramedics hit by driver at call scene
UNITED KINGDOM NEWS
** A Falmouth paramedic has apparently been fired after having an inappropriate relationship with a suicidal patient. That is the word from Cornwall Live (Jeff Reines/September 14 ) which said Alan Mitchell had attempted to fight his May 2016 termination by claiming unfair dismissal. According to the newspaper, Mitchell, who worked for the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust for 15 years, manipulated the patient through 300 text exchanges. Among the ruses he apparently used was to mislead the woman on her son’s medical condition. He also failed to refer her to appropriate mental health resources when she became despondent. An employment tribunal found Mitchell was a danger to the patient and ordered him to pay 19,000 pounds in legal costs. The tribunal also said Mitchell had been dishonest with investigators looking into the matter.
UNITED STATES NEWS
** A pair of Houston, Texas paramedics were injured this morning when a driver crashed through some police barricades at a all scene and struck an ambulance. KHOU (September 14) said the early morning incident occurred as medics responded to a highway road rage mishap. According to the news station, two medics and two other people were transported to hospital by ground ambulance. A fifth person was medevaced by Life Flight for treatment for a broken femur. There is no word on whether or not the driver will face charges.