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January 20, 2012

Paramedic suspended for hitting UK patient

Daily Post

LIVERPOOL, England — A paramedic who slapped a female patient across the face has been suspended for 12 months.

Philip Hillier, 53, was found guilty of misconduct at by a Health Professions Council panel (HPC). They ruled he had shown no remorse over the treatment of a woman he believed was faking injury in Cardiff in May 2010.

The panel heard Mr Hillier had been accused of an "unprovoked assault" on the 20-year-old woman during a call-out in Cardiff city centre.

He had found the woman apparently unconscious with back injuries at her home, but believed she was faking it.

The tribunal heard he asked her why she was "being a silly bitch".

She then swore at him and, it was claimed, he then slapped her across the face, knocking her to the floor.

The panel, in its verdict, said it was a serious matter for a health professional to speak to a patient in an aggressive manner as well as striking one.

Mr Hillier was reported to the police for alleged assault, but was never charged.

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