Former hospital orderly Paul Corney was convicted of administering prescription drugs to a motorway crash victim.

When NHS 999 staff arrived at the scene, he had attached a drip to the victim's arm. They later found a stash of out- of-date medicines and needles in his car boot. His Triumph Dolomite car had a blue flashing light and a paramedic sign in the window.

A man employed by a private ambulance service was reported to police by Derbyshire Ambulance Service for driving around on his motorbike equipped with imitation paramedic gear, including a flashing blue light. There was no record of his attempting to treat anyone. Police were powerless to stop his antics, and he complained that they were harassing him.

According to the News of the World, a motorcyclist who broke a leg was urged to hobble to an unofficial ambulance. He ended up in traction for weeks. In Durham a rider was thrown from a horse during a jump event, suffering spinal injuries. First aiders bundled her into a car instead of waiting for NHS paramedics to arrive.

A London private ambulance firm had discredited paramedics on its books. David Whitmore, senior training manager at London Ambulance Service trust, recalls seeing two ex-LAS staff on a list of its employees. One had left the trust before he could be sacked, after he was arrested for criminal offences. The other had been sacked by LAS for bringing the service into disrepute.