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October 1, 2010

UK medic banned for saying live patient was dead

By Euan Stretch
The Mirror

BRIGHTON, England — A paramedic who couldn't be bothered to resuscitate a dying man, then lied to cover his tracks, has been struck off.

Karl Harris, 46, failed to act when 30-stone Barry Baker suffered a heart attack after paramedics arrived at his home in Brighton, East Sussex, in November 2008.

Harris later said Mr Baker, 59, had been dead when he arrived. But he was overheard talking to the patient by an emergency phone operator.

In February Harris, from Portslade, near Brighton, was jailed for a year after being found guilty of lying on reports.

Yesterday Mr Baker's relatives welcomed the decision by the Health Professions Council to ban him permanently.

Philip Davies, 72, said: "I still have faith in the ambulance service. You always get a few bad apples in any organisation."

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