Mid Wales

Paramedic Craig Susdorf suspended for life support delay

A paramedic has been suspended for a year after delaying life support to a patient who suffered a heart attack.

Craig Susdorf, from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, failed to take a response bag containing oxygen and a defibrillator to the scene.

He also allowed the patient's son to drive an ambulance to the hospital, despite not being qualified.

A Health and Care Professions Council conduct and competence committee panel acknowledged it was "one-off incident".

But the panel chair, Clare Reggiori, said Mr Susdorf's actions were serious enough to amount to misconduct at the end of a two-day hearing.

"Having considered the critically important public policy issues, the panel has concluded that public confidence in the profession would be undermined if a finding of impairment was not made in the circumstances of this case."

The panel's findings added: "There is no evidence to suggest that the registrant will not be able to resolve his failings."

Mr Susdorf, who works for the Welsh Ambulance Service, has been a paramedic since 1996.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites