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Paramedic guilty of misconduct

A health professional panel has found paramedic Andrew Davies guilty of misconduct for failing to go to the aid of a man with health difficulties in June 2012.  The Health and Care Professions Council panel heard how Davies had stood by and watched while Mr Carl Cope, 47, took ill in Walsall Manor Hospital car park. Mr Cope later died of a heart attack.  Four further members of clinical staff were also charged with failure to care for a patient in need.  West Midlands Ambulance Service, Davies’ employer, had dismissed the worker for gross misconduct following the incident on 23 June 2012.   The panel ruled that he should now be struck off from the HCPC register.

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Chairman resigns over cuts

Chairman of the Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Boards, Bob Spencer, has resigned from both boards following government cuts to the budgets which he feels could lead to “a serious incident or death”.  Mr Spencer became head of the Torbay board in 2009 and the Devon board in 2013.  He said that he had “serious concerns” about the “relentless budget cuts”, and stated that he feared that the most vulnerable people would be “hardest hit” by the cuts to the agencies.  In his resignation letter, he stated: “with another four years of cuts, Devon and Torbay will struggle to provide a safe service”.  He also stated that he felt that due to the lack of funding for appropriate care there may be a serious incident or even death.

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