A paramedic from Wakefield who had sex with a suicidal woman who had made a 999 call has been struck off.
The Health and Care Professions Council heard yesterday that police responded to the emergency call and asked Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for a paramedic to attend.
Police left the distressed woman in rapid response paramedic Ian Denman’s care after he arrived at the scene.
Mr Denman – a paramedic for 26 years – had sex with the woman during a one-and-a-quarter-hour stay at her home.
She called police again, claiming she had been sexually assaulted by Mr Denman – but later said the sex was consensual.
Denman admitted having sexual relations with the woman, but claimed she molested him during the incident on July 8 2012.
But Mr Denman did not report the alleged assault to police.
Panel chairman John Williams said: “In the panel’s view, the registrant’s (Mr Denman’s) actions were clearly in breach of the standards of propriety that the public expects of a professional and amounted to conduct unbecoming of a practitioner.
“The registrant still maintains that he was attacked and sexually assaulted by Patient A, the details of which are strikingly implausible.
“Given his denial of his role in the incident, there is clearly nothing that the registrant can do to remedy his actions.
“The panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Ian Denman from the Register with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period. Ian Denman has 18 months to appeal against being struck off.”
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust suspended Mr Denman in July 2012 and sacked him in December 2012 for gross misconduct.
A trust spokesman said after the hearing: “The employee was found to have breached the trust’s code of conduct and appropriate disciplinary action was taken, resulting in him being dismissed.”