By Calvin Palmer
A paramedic caught on CCTV being given oral sex by a woman in a hospital car park while on duty was today struck off the Health Professions register.
David Brammer, 53, of Sheffield, who has been fired from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, was found guilty of misconduct at a hearing of the Health Professions Council in south London.
The chairman of the panel, Derek Adrian-Harris, said Brammer had committed a “serious, deliberate and reckless act that severely undermined public confidence in the paramedic profession and breached the trust that the employer should have expected to have in him”.
Brammer had denied being given oral sex by the woman, whom he had met just twice before, saying he was only trying to comfort a sobbing woman after telling her their fling was over.
Brammer showed no reaction as the sanctions were read out.
Lance Dodgson, representing Brammer, had urged the panel not to strike his client off, saying the risk of him doing something similar again was “non-existent”.
“It was simply a mistaken act, a serious lapse of judgment and behaviour on his part,” Dodgson said.
The hearing was told Brammer had worked his way up from being a part-time cleaner with the ambulance service to being a “well-respected” paramedic over 12 years.
Dodgson said: “In essence, the job is his life, aside from his family. He has nothing else except that.”
Yesterday, security officers at Rotherham District General Hospital told the hearing they focused a camera on a suspicious car in the car park shortly after 11:00 p.m. on 10 June last year.
Ainsley Dale alerted colleague Barry Hercock in the nearby security lodge and he zoomed in one of the hospital’s cameras above the car.
They described seeing what looked like “a performance of oral sex” as the woman’s head moved up and down while in the man’s lap.
The incriminating footage, viewed by the Health Professions Council in private, lasted a total of 14 minutes from 11.35 to 11.49 p.m.
Sharon Witton, who conducted the internal investigation for the ambulance service, said Brammer told her he had arranged to meet the woman once before and that he “had been having problems with his wife but they had decided to try again”.
But she said he told her he was being pestered and stalked by the woman, who had been sending him text messages and calling him throughout his night shift, which ran from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. The woman also threatened to come to the ambulance station at the hospital.
“So to stop that happening I agreed to see her in the car park,” Brammer told Witton.
Describing events inside the car, he said the woman told him: “I’m going to show you what you’re missing.”
He went on: “She was intending to give me oral sex to leave my wife. I was embarrassed.”
The panel also heard Brammer changed his story.
He told a fact-finding hearing: “She was laid across my knee, moving her head up and down.”
He added that she put her hand inside his trousers.
But he later told a disciplinary panel that she could not get her hand inside his trousers because he was heavier at the time, and that she moved her head from side to side, not up and down.
The panel also went into closed session to discuss Brammer’s health and psychological issues after being told he was using the sedative temazepam at the time of his meetings with investigators.