Letters

I refer to your story, 'Call for sacking of chair who planned to reinstate sex pest', (page 5, 9 November). I was surprised you published it without contacting me.

I was a paramedic and team leader with Cumbria Ambulance Service until I was dismissed in June following allegations of sexual harassment. These were completely untrue.

I was a dedicated member of Cumbria Ambulance Service for 15 years. Only 12 months ago I was selected to go to Buckingham Palace for my professionalism and the part played in a major train derailment. Just before I was suspended in May I was the first member of Cumbria Ambulance service to pass the advance driving course for motorcycle paramedics. My record was impeccable until these allegations, which I completely refute. I am living through this dreadful time by being hugely supported by my wife, my family, my friends, former colleagues and members of the community.

There were irregularities during the investigation process and at the disciplinary hearing in June. The trust has now further compounded these by overturning the appeal panel's verdict, under pressure from Unison, even though this is not within any recognised or established procedure. I will give full details of these breaches of procedure at the appropriate time when my case is eventually heard at an employment tribunal.

I am confident that my name will be cleared and it will be confirmed that I was unfairly dismissed.

My former union, Unison, of which I was a member for 15 years, refused to support me at the appeal hearing. Some of my former colleagues, including women, have expressed their disgust at the manner in which Unison has handled the case.

Indeed, as a result, a number of Unison members have left the union and joined the rival union, the Association of Professional Ambulance Personnel. I have taken the matter up with Unison's general secretary in London.

Neil Marston Former paramedic and team leader Cumbria Ambulance Service trust