A West Midlands paramedic has been struck off after posting on Facebook that he hoped Julie Bailey, who helped expose poor care at Stafford Hospital, would suffer ‘a life threatening illness’.
The Health and Care Professions Council announced its decision in a statement yesterday, citing Roy Guest’s misconduct for what it described as “offensive and derogatory Facebook posts about patients and the public”.
His mother Irene Guest died at the trust in 2008 having had dementia.
Her husband Jeff Guest was a founding member of Cure the NHS alongside Julie Bailey, and complained about his wife’s poor care in the hospital after she was discharged from hospital at 3.30am in January wearing only a nightie with a cannula still in her arm.
Roy Guest, who was employed on the clinical support desk at West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust, posted on Facebook in February 2013 that Ms Bailey was to blame for the decision of the hospital to close the hospital’s A&E department.
He said the closure was Ms Bailey’s fault, adding: “I hope you suffer a life threatening illness at night where you have to travel further than you should do because your local hospital is closed (your fault), serves you right.”
The HCPC suspended Roy Guest for 12 months in May 2014 but he refused to engage with the council when it sought to review the decision this year.
HCPC panel chair Debbie Hill said: “The conduct of the registrant was offensive and caused emotional harm. The misconduct occurred over a short period and previously the registrant had an unblemished record. However, set against this is the registrant’s repeated failure to engage with the regulatory process.”
Mr Guest was neither present nor represented at the hearing.
Information supplied to HSJ, HCPC statement
7 August 2015