Paramedic stands with hands in pockets while patient dies in front of him

Paramedic stands with hands in pockets while patient dies in front of him
Published: 2016 January 09 18:31:52 (6630 Views)
A paramedic who stood around with his hands in his pockets while a patient collapsed and died in front of him has been told he can keep his job.

Matt Geary, 36, stood around and watched as Carl Cope, 47, slumped to the ground and had a heart attack outside Walsall Manor Hospital.

Instead of helping him, "callous and uncaring" Geary stood with other staff members and talked about football as Mr Cope lay dying on the floor.

The ambulance worker was spared jail at Wolverhampton Crown Court in February last year after he admitted failing to undertake his duty and help the patient.

Now he has been allowed to keep his job despite a Health and Care Professions Council panel finding his ability to practise had been impaired by the incident.

He was given a special order with 10 conditions, including that he must not work in a vehicle alone until allowed to by his supervisor.



Geary must also inform all future employers that he is under the order and work with his supervisor on a personal development plan.

He told the panel: "I am genuinely sorry that the gentleman passed away.

"But I am the one who ended up with a criminal record and I feel that other people should have been held accountable for their actions as well."

Geary resigned from West Midlands Ambulance Service but continues to work as a paramedic at sporting events.

He even insisted that he felt no guilt because colleagues did not help Mr Cope either.

Geary was one of five ambulance and hospital staff arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with Mr Cope's death in December 2012.

But detectives were unable to proceed with the charges as there was a chance Mr Cope may not have survived his heart attack due to his longstanding heart complications.



Source - Mirror

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