A paramedic has been sacked for sending sexually explicit images and messages to female colleagues amid claims he sent similar messages to patients.
St John Ambulance confirmed yesterday the man was sacked for unacceptable workplace behaviour after what it earlier called “communicating inappropriately with his female colleagues”.
WA ambulance service director Len Fiori said the officer had earlier been suspended and was also being investigated for breaching patient confidentiality.
The West Australian revealed yesterday that the ambulance service was investigating claims of male paramedics sending graphic images of themselves and suggestive text messages to newer and less experienced female paramedics.
A man told the newspaper his paramedic wife received images on her mobile phone from a colleague asking her if she wanted to “cuddle this”.
He said his wife believed several male paramedics were sending the messages, including to young female patients whom paramedics had treated.
She and female colleagues believed sending pornography to patients should attract a criminal charge.
“It is one thing to send that sort of grubby stuff to colleagues but it’s another to send it to the mobiles of women who have been under the care of the paramedics,” the man said.On Thursday, St John’s did not respond to claims patients were involved in the texts but confirmed a breach of confidentiality yesterday.
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