HCPC this time you got it wrong!

Annelies van Wamel
Annelies van Wamel 646 Comments
2,002 Signatures Goal: 1,000

A London paramedic with a 30yr unblemished career was recently sacked and suspended for being too tired to attend yet another call at the end of his grueling night shift. Had he continued and made a mistake he would have been punished for that. He was in a no-win situation and made the technical mistake of not reporting himself 'ill' at the time (probably because in his sense of duty he wasn't ill, he was 'just' exhausted).


The HCPC is there to protect the public against malpractice. That is good. However, the HCPC did not realize and/or recognize that this paramedic was not the problem; it was his employer who disregarded staff welfare in its pursuit of targets. The blatant lack of support for a senior member of operational staff is an indication of the real problem and should be taken into account.

We ask the HCPC to reconsider its decision and to look deeper into the dynamics of this incident. This was not a 'bad' paramedic. This was and probably is a dedicated clinician who was broken by a system disregarding the real problem, hiding behind politically correct targets. This paramedic is not alone in his position; there but for the grace of God go we, all paramedics in this country!

Edmond Daly may not wish to return to practice - who can blame him? But his name should be cleared of any malpractice. He deserves better at the end of his career than this indictment.


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April 16
Dear all, I am absolutely astounded by the overwhelming response and equally shocked by the content of the messages you leave. That means there is something seriously wrong, something I didn't quite anticipate when I wrote the petition, something going far beyond the tragedy which befell Eddie Daly. I am going to close this petition at about 2000 signatures, simply because of logistics. I will be printing it all out and take it to where ever it needs to go. I am not sure how I can update you but will try to do so. Contacts with LAS are in progress. This is something we need to fight together. Stay strong, look after each other and, again, THANK YOU! Annelies van Wamel paramedic
April 16
Anyone from LAS in a position to contact me on how to take this forward please find me on FB and PM me!
April 16
OVER ONE THOUSAND SIGNATURES!!!! I stand humbled but it shows the intensity of our feelings on the matter.....
April 16
WHAT a response !!!!!!! THANK you SO much to everybody who signed and shared. I thought we would have a challenge setting the target at 500 signatures but within 24 hours we are OVER 500!!!!! Please carry on, I will now start looking in to the best way of presenting our concern.
April 16
Just woke up to 150 signatures and 50 odd shares. I don't know Mr Daly but when I wrote this petition I thought of how close to that edge many, and certainly myself, are. How would you feel when (not if) it happens to you? Maybe that's why it strangely touches me to see the response and the comments....
April 15
WOW !!!! We made it to 100 votes within a day! Thank you.
April 15
Thank you to all who read and signed (and hopefully shared)! We have reached the first 50 signatures. Keep going!!!
April 15
We are now live!
  • Tony Dunn
    Tony Dunn United Kingdom, Durham
    Apr 18, 2015
    Apr 18, 2015
    Another side point on this shocking decision by the HCPC would be that they have deemed that we are an 'Emergency' service and have exemptions to the working time directive as they have completely dismissed the fact that Mr. Daly had worked over 11 hours without a break, whereas we are told that we are an 'Essential' service with regards to pensions, length of service for retiring etc. This unfortunate event could just turn the page for us if it is allowed to stand, as they (L.A.S.) have in essence sacked a man for refusing to break the law!!
  • John grimwood
    John grimwood United Kingdom, Brandon
    Apr 17, 2015
    Apr 17, 2015
    Would have signed. He protected his patient by declaring unfit for duty. Shame on LAS
  • Mathew Westhorpe
    Mathew Westhorpe United Kingdom, Stevenage
    Apr 16, 2015
    Apr 16, 2015
    It's really good to see front line clinicians becoming bold enough to make a stand against the miscarriages of justice which we know are far more commonplace than are made public. I've been expressing my concerns about these issues on my Broken Paramedic blog and in the media since my medical retirement from service (EEAS) in 2012 as I have the advantage of being able to speak freely without fear of employer reprisals.

    I would be happy to offer any support I can, including a platform for Annalies to continue communications and updates once this petition has concluded, if that is needed.

    My email is m[underscore]westhorpe[at]hotmail[dot]com and I can be contacted via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrokenParamedic and Twitter: @BrokenParamedic.

    All the best,

    Mathew Westhorpe
  • William Overton
    Apr 16, 2015
    Apr 16, 2015
    Time to stop treating frontline staff like robots to be disposed of when used up!
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