Paramedic Caught Deflating Ambulance Tire To Avoid Taking Emergency Calls

Published On: Sunday, December 23, 2012 4:30 AM
By: Helene Fox
Ambulance with flat tire
A bullying paramedic, who deflated the tires on her ambulance in order to avoid an emergency call, has been banned from practicing for at least five years.

Victoria Parker admitted to have releasing the valve cap of her tire and sticking it with a pen 30 minutes before the end of her shift on May 19, 2009, to avoid treating an elderly woman who had suffered a fall in South Woodham, Essex.

Parker was suspended by East of England Ambulance Service and has since resigned and moved to Australia. The Health Professions Council panel found Parker guilty of misconduct and dishonesty by avoiding the call which Parker showed no remorse but has admitted to being a “stupid arse”.

Parker also confessed to repeating the trick on March 10, 2010 during an internal assessment day, but the panel said it could not be sure this was true after hearing ‘vague’ witness evidence.

Panel chairman Clare Reggiori said, “The registrant’s actions on more than one occasion of causing an otherwise sound ambulance to be taken off the road for entirely selfish reasons had the potential to put patients at risk. There was very little evidence that the registrant had shown insight into the possible impact of her conduct on patients who might have suffered as a consequence of the ambulances being off the road.”

During the investigation it was also discovered that she had a history of intimidating and bullying her student paramedics who she was in charge of.

Reggiori said, “The registrant’s actions were serious, deliberate, willful and reckless. As found by the panel, they were also dishonest. They also involved student paramedics for whom the registrant was responsible while they were in her charge.

“She was a person to whom they should be able to look to for guidance on proper professional standards and behavior. Her conduct in bullying her colleagues demonstrated, in the panel’s view, a deep-seated attitudinal problem about which the registrant appeared to have virtually no insight.”