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.


  • 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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