Metro- A paramedic has been struck off after sending 324 ‘filthy’ text messages to a vulnerable patient.
Carl Gardiner, who worked for City Health Care Partnership (CHCP), asked the woman in one text message: ‘Are you up for it then?’
He also hugged her during an unauthorised visit to her home after she fell on March 5.
An investigation was then launched by the Health and Care Professions Council (CHCP). It ruled Gardiner’s sexually-motivated behaviour was so serious, it was invoking an order of last resort to strike him off after he lost his job when the allegations were made.
The panel stated: ‘He took advantage of his status to interact with and hug Patient A, a vulnerable service user. There was a power imbalance.’
His mobile phone logs provided ‘incontrovertible evidence’ of the 324 texts and checks showed he had disabled a facility synchronising his phone with a work computer system.
He met Patient A, who had a life-changing medical condition and said she was an alcoholic and had stress-related fits, in February last year after attending her home on a call.
Life changing medical condition my ass. To the paramedic that didn't even think it was mildly inappropriate to send THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR texts to a patient it might as well have been a mating call. After all, what is a vulnerable woman in need of more than a man that's willing to take advantage of her insecurities?
Is it immoral? Sure. Shameless? Undoubtedly. That said, I better not see any women that have a problem with double standards crying about this predator electronically stalking his prey. Not when a good "fixer upper" is like the White Whale amongst aging, single females. There simply nothing that women enjoy more than molding a susceptible Average Joe into their Prince Charming. I don't see how that's any different than Dr. Love having an eye for an alcoholic that's liable to have a panic attack at any given moment. If anything she should be happy that there's a guy doing his damnedest to pursue her despite a hospitalizing amount of flaws. Probably shouldn't be looking a gift horse in his perv smile when the only other fish in her sea is the bar back that scoops her off the floor at last call. Is this paramedic looking for love in all the wrong places, or does love work in mysterious ways? Got to consider that one a toss up. Maybe he's seen too many rom-coms, or maybe - just maybe - this recently unemployed, perseverant, potentially dangerous exhausting texter just found his stumbling drunk Cinderella to have and to hold, in sickness and sobriety, until death do them part. Might not be the cutest of meets, but it'll probably sound a little bit better after a few drinks.