Red Driving School speaks out on instructor who didn’t help dying woman when he was a paramedic

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A driving school has spoken out on hiring a former paramedic who refused to treat a dying homeless woman.

Nicholas Stock, 41, was struck off from South Western Ambulance Service (SWAST) after admitting he chose not to help a woman suffering heart failure.

Stock, now a driving instructor with Red in north Bristol, said he did not treat her because he saw that her car was “filthy”.

The driving school chain has explained why it employs Mr Stock.

A Red spokeswoman said: “The DVSA oversees the assessment of potential driving instructors, and all instructors must pass a DBS background check to an enhanced level.

“To remain on the DVSA register every instructor must periodically renew their licence and as part of that process the DBS check is repeated. The instructor concerned passed this assessment.”

Why was he struck off?

He had been sent to provide treatment in a church car park in Chippenham on May 8, 2018, but drove away instead.

Stock’s behaviour was described as “manifestly serious misconduct” as he was struck off by the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) on September 20.

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Nicholas Stock (Image: Midlands Media Agency)

The ruling said he had shown “bias, a lack of care, a lack of humility, a lack of compassion and an alarming degree of callousness”.

Stock, a senior paramedic at the time of the incident, was sent to the car park after the woman told 999 operators she had overdosed there.

But instead of helping her, he peered through the car window before calling police and driving off.

The unnamed woman died from heart failure before officers arrived.

 

The HCPTS heard the woman, known as Patient A, was found lying across her car’s back seats.

She was surrounded by bags of her possessions, which meant the only way to gain access was through the boot.

‘I wasn’t going to get into the car’

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Mr Stock worked for the ambulance service (Image: Hull Daily Mail/ jamesmitchell)

The hearing heard Stock deliberately chose not to treat his patient, later telling bosses investigating the incident: “I wasn’t going to get into the car.”

He wrote: “It was disgusting, filthy. The car was full of plastic bags like a homeless person. The car smelt of alcohol. The patient had been incontinent.”

The panel was told Stock did not perform any “specific observations” on the woman or take medical equipment from his ambulance but “merely watched through the car window”.

Panel chair Gill Madden said Stock “failed to put in place effective safeguarding measures and left Patient A alone in the car, delegating responsibility to the police and leaving the scene before they arrived”.

 

Stock, who worked for the ambulance trust from 2003 to 2018, alleged that the patient had refused treatment and told him to go away.

He denied wrongdoing, telling the HCPTS in one crude email: “Do not contact me again. C U next Tuesday”.

In another message, he called the regulator’s staff “seriously ugly, bottom-feeding, sub-normal, moronic, sorry excuse for human beings”.

He added: “I’m no longer practising as a paramedic, so I would sincerely suggest that you and SWAST go and f*** yourselves.”

‘No remorse’

Post-mortem tests revealed the woman died from cardiac failure and acute alcohol poisoning.

Mrs Madden said the medic had not shown “any remorse or regret for his actions”.

 

She added: “The risk and degree of harm caused by Mr Stock’s failure to safeguard Patient A in this case was significant.

“Patient A had a cardiac arrest after the ambulance crew had left the scene and before the police arrived.

“Mr Stock’s actions derived from an intentional decision not to take appropriate action and did not arise from a lack of knowing what to do.”

Stock was not present or represented at the hearing. He declined to comment.

The DVSA has been approached for comment.

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