Paramedic ‘went shopping while on 999 call’




Esther Thomas, 37, was on duty when she drove the ambulance to an Aldi store rather than telling controllers she was available to respond to another emergency.
Thomas bought personal shopping during her visit to the shop, while another paramedic in the ambulance waited in the car park outside.
Then, still wearing her paramedic’s uniform, she was spotted by a member of the public stealing a shrub she dug up from the store’s car park, the hearing was told.
She was suspended from her job while an investigation was launched, but the hearing was told she is still being paid nearly two years later.
Laura Ryan, presenting the case, said Thomas and another paramedic were called to an emergency response to a patient.

She said: “The patient declined transport to hospital and, after completing paperwork, Thomas asked her colleague to drive her to Aldi.
“She did not inform her controller that she was clear to carry out further duties.
“Esther Thomas went into the supermarket and made the purchases, buying plants, plant pots, Neurofen and sweets and placed them in the ambulance.
“She then went to an area of landscaping in the car park and removed a small bush from the ground.”
Miss Ryan told the disciplinary hearing of Health Professions Council that Thomas was spotted in her uniform by a member of the public taking the shrub from the store in Llanelli, South Wales.
She said: “The store manager contacted Thomas and requested that she return the shrub.
“The manager said if she did this then he did not want to take it any further.”
The store did not inform police about the theft, but their headquarters reported it to her bosses at the Welsh Ambulance Service.
The hearing in Cardiff was told Thomas was suspended after the theft was reported to the Welsh Ambulance Service in April 2009.
Miss Ryan said: “The investigation found she attended the supermarket without any permission and there was a delay in her being available to go any other job.
“Esther Thomas was then dismissed from the service.
“However she appealed and was reinstated, but she remains suspended and is still currently being paid.”
The hearing was told that Thomas had a personal medical problem and that her treatment may have affected her behaviour.
Thomas, of Llanelli, South Wales, admitted going to the supermarket while on duty, failing to inform the controller and taking the shrub.
She denies her behaviour amounted to misconduct, which could see her struck off the working register.

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    Ammara said,

    not ONLY did she stop…but she stole a plant LOL


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