‘Callous’ paramedic refused to help dying homeless woman and told bosses to ‘go f*** yourselves’

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A PARAMEDIC has been sacked for refusing to help a dying homeless woman, later telling bosses to “go f*** yourselves”.

Nicholas Stock, 41, found the alcoholic inside her filthy, bag-filled car after she called 999 in May last year saying she had overdosed.

Paramedic Nicholas Stock was sacked for refusing to help a dying homeless woman
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The senior paramedic peered through the car’s window but refused to enter and drove away after calling police.

The unnamed woman died from heart failure before officers arrived on the scene at a church car park in Chippenham, Wilts.

‘CALLOUS’

Stock, from Bristol, was accused of “bias, a lack of care, a lack of humility, a lack of compassion and an alarming degree of callousness” by The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service.

The hearing was told that Stock deliberately chose not to treat his patient – later telling bosses: “I wasn’t going to get into the car.”

Stock, a paramedic with South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) wrote: “It was disgusting, filthy. The car was full of plastic bags like a homeless person.

“The car smelt [sic] of alcohol. The patient had been incontinent.”

I wasn’t going to get into the car. It was disgusting, filthy.


Paramedic Nicholas Stock

 

The woman – known as Patient A – was found lying down across her car’s rear seats.

Because she was surrounded by bags of her possessions, the only way to gain access was through the boot.

The disciplinary panel heard that Stock did not perform any “specific observations” on the woman or take medical equipment from his ambulance but “merely watched through the car window”.

Panel chair Gill Madden said Stock “failed to put in place effective safeguarding measures and left Patient A alone in the car, delegating responsibility to the police and leaving the scene before they arrived.”

CRUDE EMAILS

Stock alleged that the patient had refused treatment and told him to go away.
He denied wrongdoing, telling the HCPTS in one crude email: “Do not contact me again. C U next Tuesday”.
In another message, with the subject heading ‘TWUNTS’, he called the regulatory staff a “seriously ugly, bottom-feeding, sub-normal, moronic, sorry excuse for human beings”.

He added: “I’m no longer practicing as a paramedic, so I would sincerely suggest that you and SWAST go and f*** yourselves”.

I’m no longer practicing as a paramedic, so I would sincerely suggest that you and SWAST go and f*** yourselves.


Nicholas Stock

Post-mortem tests revealed that the woman died from cardiac failure and acute alcohol poisoning.
Stock was struck from the medical register after the disciplinary panel condemned him for “manifestly serious misconduct”.

Mrs Madden said he had not shown “any remorse or regret for his actions”.
She said: “The risk and degree of harm caused by Mr Stock’s failure to safeguard Patient A in this case was significant.

“Patient A had a cardiac arrest after the ambulance crew had left the scene and before the police arrived.
“Mr Stock’s actions derived from an intentional decision not to take appropriate action and did not arise from a lack of knowing what to do.”
Stock, from Bristol, was not present or represented at the hearing. He refused to comment on the ruling.


In a similar case, paramedic Kristian Williams was struck off after he dismissed a patient who suffered a stroke, saying: “What a load of b******s, it’s only a migraine”.

Williams dismissed concerns from colleagues who said the woman was in so much pain she was rocking back and forth and retching, a disciplinary hearing was told.

And earlier this month, a paramedic was caught selling stolen life-saving medical equipment on Facebook.

Andrew Barker, 49, used a fake profile to peddle two defibrillators from his ambulance service — each worth £18,500 — for £2,500 apiece.

Stock was sacked and struck off as a paramedic (file photo)
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The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service accused Stock of manifestly serious misconduct
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